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July 22, 2010

I Love to ask people the question, “Who was the most influential man in the New Testament besides Jesus and the disciples?” People look at me like I am crazy, and usually come up with the answer, Paul. Paul is the obvious answer; Paul is responsible for 13 books of the New Testament and is one of the main characters in Acts in the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Many scholars believe he may have written Hebrews. Paul was a busy man, but personally I think that man is Barnabas. Now don’t go tell your pastor that I said Barnabas was more important than Paul, but you see without Barnabas there is no Paul.

In chapter nine of Acts the verse reads, “When he (Paul) 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.” The disciples accepted Paul because of the courage of Barnabas. Barnabas apparently had some major clout. Barnabas is known as the great encourager. Without Barnabas the spread of Christianity doesn’t happen.

We all need people like Barnabas in our lives; people who fight for us no matter what because they believe in us. Now later in the story, Paul and Barnabas do go their separate ways, but the impact for Paul is life changing because now he is accepted. Instead of living your life today going through your basic routine, spend time encouraging others that cross your path. Be a Barnabas for someone who needs it today. Encouragement can change the world! Barnabas is the proof! You the man Ralph!

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  1. Michael Root permalink
    July 22, 2010 7:48 am


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