KEY SCRIPTURE: Acts 9:27 KJV” But Barnabas took him, and brought him to the apostles, and declared unto them how he had seen the Lord in the way, and that he had spoken to him, and how he had preached boldly at Damascus in the name of Jesus”.
Joses demonstrated so much good deeds, to the point that he was surnamed ‘Barnabas’ which means ‘son of consolation’ This word consolation also means, comfort, a REFRESHMENT. The name Barnabas was given to him because of his sweet spirit.
At the early days of the church, the Bible said he sold his land and brought it to be shared among the less privileged brethren. He gave out something so dear. To the kind hearted nothing is too dear to be given to God. Ananias and his wife Saphira attempted to DO the same. They sold their land, but brought only part of the money, claiming that was the whole sum (Acts 5:1–5)
When Apostle Paul started preaching Christ after his conversion, no brother or sister was ready to accept him. Everyone was suspicious of his claims, considering how ardent he was, in persecuting the church. Barnabas accepted him and led him to the apostles. Indeed, perfect love cast out fear (1st John 4:18). A man with a sweet spirit is a great encourager. He does not focus on the negatives, but majors on the positives. Paul had a great ministry, yet he needed someone to spur him on. Others shunned him, yet Barnabas carried him around.
When Apostle Paul started preaching, he was saved from the Jews, who were lying in wait to kill him. He later went back to Tarsus apparently to go into his tent business. Barnabas, as a man of love went to Tarsus, to get him back into ministry. Act 11:25 KJV” Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul”: Barnabas was indeed a friend that stuck closer than a brother. Are you putting people down or helping them in every way to reach their destinies?
At a point in their ministry Barnabas wanted to give John Mark an opportunity to proof his faithfulness. Paul was a no-nonsense man and would not take any weakness from John Mark. This difference of opinions is what led to their separation. (Acts 15:37–39) You can be a man of consolation.
Father I pray you touch the hearts of every child of God, stirring up a spirit of consolation to urge up God’s work to advance greatly.
Acts 11:22 KJV “Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch”.
Acts 12:25 KJV “And Barnabas and Saul returned from Jerusalem, when they had fulfilled their ministry, and took with them John, whose surname was Mark”.