Monday, April 10, 2006 4:00 a.m.
The name Barnabas means son of consolation (Acts 4:36); one who smooth’s over, encourages, lifts up and exhorts. Sweet Barnabas! Acts 11:23 says this about Barnabas: “Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.” We are to purpose in our heart to worship God; purpose in our heart to pray and cleave to the Savior; purpose in our heart, as Mary did, to sit at the feet of Jesus. This will not come on its own. There is too much against us; such as, the world and pressures of this world, and the cares of life. But if we purpose in our heart to seek God we shall find Him. Acts 11:24 tells us what God said about Barnabas, “he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost, and of faith.” Isn’t that a wonderful thing to have said about us and to be remembered by? That’s what God wrote on Barnabas’ epitaph as sorts.
Thought for Today: May others be able to look at us and say, “They were a good man or women of God, full of good works, grace and faith.