Are You a Barnabas?

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10

The Holy Spirit has given every believer in Christ a gift used to glorify God. It does not matter if you are male or female, young or old, black or white, rich or poor; if you believe in Jesus Christ, you have been blessed with this free gift.

There are many things in life that motivate us. It could be providing for our family, being successful in our job or being a role model to those around us. Many things can motivate us to reach our goals in life. What motivates you? What makes life worth living?

Our primary reason for living is found in Isaiah 43:6-7. God says “Bring My sons from afar and My daughters from the ends of the earth, everyone who is called by My name, whom I created for glory.” Our reason for being here is to glorify God!

How do we glorify our Heavenly Father? By following His greatest commandment: “Love one another” (John 13:34). And how do we love one another? You can express your lovein many ways. I express my lovein the form of encouragement. I’m convinced encouraging others is my gift. It is what makes me come alive.

There is something about a few kind words that bring out the best in a person. The smile on their faces makes me happy. Jesus is a great example of this. He did this with the Apostle Peter in Matthew 16:17-18. Peter’s name meant pebble. I’m sure Peter didn’t like being compared to something so small. But Jesus, said, “Pebble, you’re going to be a rock. I’m giving you a new name.”

He encouraged Peter to be all he could be and more. Just a few kind words and Peter’s life had new meaning.. And that’s what I want to do. I want to give people around me a renewed sense of living a life with meaning.  I want to be a Barnabas.

The story of Barnabas is found in the book of Acts. He was a Levite from Cyprus named Joseph, whom the apostles called Barnabas. He was known as the “son of encouragement” because he was always encouraging those around him. Barnabas played a large part of in encouraging and connecting with people, as the apostles spread the good news and grow the church. He encouraged the apostles to accept Paul after his conversion and was a mentor to John Mark when others wouldn’t think twice about giving him a second chance.

Harry Hinton “Zig” Ziglar said it best: “When you encourage others, you in the process are encouraged because you’re making a commitment and a difference in that person’s life. Encouragement really does make a difference.” This is what motivates me and makes me come alive.

Encouragement comes from the heart and with sincerity. Use it on a daily basis. There is no need to be stingy with it. It’s free to give and it’s free to receive. You have nothing to lose and so much more to gain.


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Recently diagnosed with stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Tonya Masoner continues to write for BoP when she is able. She doesn’t ask “Why me Lord?”  She embraces the journey God has set forth for her. The battle has already been won. God has walked before her and now He leads her to victory. Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.

2 thoughts on “Are You a Barnabas?

  1. Yes! And there are so many opportunities to encourage others on the cancer journey. Encouraging others made it all worthwhile for me! Praying for you as I hit “post comment.” Asking God for healing, grace, encouragement and comfort for you as you walk this difficult path. ❤

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