The Barnabas Club

Posted on: 7-15-112011

It seems as if everywhere we look in our world, there are people who are hurting. They may be hurting physically, emotionally, spiritually, or any combination of the three. There may be people in our lives that are on the brink of giving up. There may be people who are scared to take a step of faith. There may be people at the end of their rope who do not have the strength to tie a knot and hold on. All of these people have one thing in common…they need someone to be the voice of encouragement in their life. They need someone to tell them to hang on. They need someone to give them hope that brighter days are coming. Nathaniel Hawthorne, a famous novelist, had an encouraged in the form of his wife. He came home one day totally devastated. He had lost his job. His wife’s reaction was not why he expected at all…she was thrilled! She told him that now he would have time to write the novel that he’d been putting off. He asked her how she thought they would live with no money. She opened a drawer and pulled out a large stash. She told him that she knew he was a genius, so she’d been putting a little money back each week for a long time for them to live on when the time came for him to write. She had enough for them to live for a year. In that year, Hawthorne penned one of the most famous novels in history…The Scarlet Letter. All it took was one person giving him encouragement to enable him to pursue his dream. In Scripture, probably the most well-known encourager was Barnabas. He was even renamed from Joses to Barnabas which translates to “son of encouragement”. He was the one who encouraged the other disciples to allow Paul to join forces with them right after his conversion. They were skeptical of his conversion and were afraid that he was just trying to join the group to have access to kill them all. They saw potential problems, but Barnabas just saw potential! With all of the people in our lives that need encouragement, we all need to be members of the Barnabas Club! We never know where our words of encouragement will lead people, but we can trust that any encouragement we give has benefit.

“When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord.”


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