Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The Bible opens and closes with God and humans enjoying perfect harmony and fellowship with each other. Humans began their existence in a garden with God. The Bible closes in Revelation 22 with the redeemed in the city of God where the River of Life flows, where the Tree of Life bears its fruit.
We live in a world of great need. This need takes many forms: material, physical, mental, emotional and social. Jesus Christ is our answer and He wants to walk among us in the midst of all our needs. He would seek to meet the deep spiritual needs of the people that make up our world through each of His followers. But sadly, if we analyze ourselves we can see some live only for pleasure. Others strive for position of power and prestige in their chosen area of interest. The majority define the purpose for being in terms of acquiring an excess of material goods so as to enjoy a life of leisure.
In Acts 9: 26-27 “When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.” Three years after his conversion (Galatians 1:18), Paul went for the first time back to Jerusalem and he wanted to be connected with them as a fellow-Christian. But they were not in a situation to recognize his need as genuine and they might have reason for that.
“But Barnabas took him”. He was such a great-hearted Christian. The name Barnabas means ‘son of consolation’. Barnabas was exactly that to the young convert Paul. The church in Jerusalem was big; one could get lost in its membership. One could drop out of its fellowship and scarcely be missed. But in that big church there was a man named Barnabas who took care of new members. Every church needs a person like Barnabas. Chrysostom described him as “sweetly reasonable, gentle, kindly accessible”. When others would have cautiously kept Paul at arm’s length, Barnabas drew this young man close to his heart and his fellowship.
So, if our life is mediocre, then we should be concerned. If there is no fruit that indicates a degree of achievement in the vineyard of God, we should be personally disturbed. We all long for God’s blessings in our life. Perhaps the blessing we need most is the blessing of a burdened heart. A genuine concern for others is the command of God and it is a gift from God. As Paul said in Philippians 2:4, ‘do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.’ Let us be a great-hearted Christians by using the gift of God i.e., a genuine concern for others. God bless you.
God bless you.
In His Service,