Monday, June 12, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - Like Barnabas, Be Devoted To God's Work

Monday June 12
(St. Barnabas the Apostle)

Bible Reading:     Acts 11: 19 - 30
Topic:         Like Barnabas, Be Devoted To God's Work

In today's reading, much was said about a man called Barnabas ("son of consolation).

He was sent by the Church in Jerusalem to visit the Church at Antioch. He comforted and encouraged the new converts to hold on to their new found faith and never give up.

Barnabas was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith. Through the grace of God upon his life, many people were added to the Lord.

When he saw the great and open door at Antioch, he went down to Tarsus to bring Paul so that they both could hand the work together.

They worked hard in Antioch for a whole year. No wonder the believers in Antioch were the first to be called "Christians" showing the impact of the joint Ministry of Paul and Barnabas there.

Looking at the life and ministry of Barnabas, the Church today should be challenged to a life of devotion to God. The Church and individual Christians should take up discipleship and mentoring young converts with seriousness.

Christians should live in such godliness that will cause man to praise God and be attracted to the God Whose Spirit is working in their lives.

We call all to become the Barnabas where they are now

Help me, O God, to live and serve in such godliness, that characterized the life and ministry of Your servant Barnabas, Amen.

Memory Verse             Acts 11: 26b
"..... and the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch"

Source:     The Daily Fountain 2017
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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