What does it means to be an encourager? This led me to thinking about Paul and Barnabas. While most of us are familiar with the conversion and great works of Saul, later known as Paul, I have been intrigued with the study of Barnabas. Did you know that his name wasn’t Barnabas? His real name was Joses or Joseph. His nickname was Barnabas, which means “Son of Encouragement.” He was so encouraging that it became his name! He was willing to take young, immature Christians, such as Saul (Acts 9) and John Mark (II Tim. 4:11) and work with them until they turned into strong church leaders. Wow!
This got me to thinking, “What would be my nickname among fellow Christians?” Would I be considered “a hard worker?” Compassionate? Helpful? a Teacher? Loyal? Willing to endure for His name? a Faithful Christian?
How about you? What do others think of when they think of you? Are you known for being a “Sunday morning worship service Christian” or a “be there whenever the doors are open and Christians are gathered Christian?” Are you a “reader” of the Bible or a “student” of the Bible? Do others know that you’re a Christian by your speech, dress, and actions? What would your nickname be? It’s something to think about, isn’t it? Simply blessed, Courtney