November 15th, 2017 – DEVOTE

So, I’m going through a bit of a tough spot right now, if I were to be honest with you. I just found out one of my best friends from college died. He was only 60 years old. He had a lot of problems, over a good many years, and now he’s gone. I’m not sure what exactly happened, but I can never step in anymore… I can’t help anymore… I can’t change anything, anymore.

And after finding that out, it was then I read Acts chapter 4. Towards the end of the chapter it reads like this…
“The group of followers all felt the same way about everything. None of them claimed that their possessions were their own, and they shared everthing they had with each other. In a powerful way the apostles told everyone that the Lord Jesus was now alive. God greatly blessed His followers, and no one went in need of anything. Everyone who owened land or houses would sell them and bring the money to the apostles. Then they would give the money to anyone who needed it. Joseph was one of the followers who had sold a piece of property and brought the money to the apostles. He was a Levite from Cyprus, and the apostles called him Barnabas, which means “one who encourages others.” Acts 4:32-35 CEV

At first this almost sounds surreal. I mean, who would do this sort of thing? Who would sell land, or even their own house so that everyone else was taken care of? And the answer is, someone like Joseph, or better known as Barnabas.

Barnabas must have been the kind of guy who couldn’t help but give a helping hand… he couldn’t help but sacrifice his own stuff so that others were taken care of… he couldn’t just stand back and watch others be in need, because he knew how much God loved him. He knew he had to do something to help others. He knew that if he didn’t do something, it might not happen.

Here’s my word of encouragemenrt for you today: Don’t waste any more time. You have probably had a Barnabas in your life at some point – someone who went over and above the call of duty and helped you out. They were there when you needed a helping hand. They sacrificed freely to take care of your needs. They put themselves out so that you could openly recieve.

Now it’s your turn. Be a Barnbas. Yes, it will cost you more than you thought you could possibly give, but don’t think twice. God will take care of you. With the love of Jesus in your heart, take care of those around you.

Thank You for putting Barnabas’ in my life. Thank you for their generosity. Help me to be Barnabas willingly and with openhandedness to those who need me. Help me to give as You, Jesus, have given to me. It’s in Your name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen