The Encourager (June 14)

From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

June 14

The Encourager

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 132:13-18 | 1 Kings 12:20-13:34 | Acts 9:26-43 | Proverbs 17:6

Today’s Scripture Focus:  Acts 9:26-43

“When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles” (Acts 9;26-27 NIV).

One of the greatest gifts we can give to another is the gift of encouragement. Barnabas was one that could always be counted on to be an encouragement to others.

He came to Saul’s side when he needed someone to stand by him. He trusted him. He stood by him and presented him to the disciples. He brought his case before the disciples, when everyone else was afraid.

When Paul set out on his first missionary journey, Barnabas was there at his side–his right hand man. Given all the challenges Paul faced in those journeys, it turned out to be a wise choice. Having an encourager on your team is always a good idea.

We all need encouragers: people who will believe in us, people who will stand by us, people who will stand up for us, people who will plead our case.

Look for an opportunity to be a Barnabas—an encourager. There are undoubtedly many people in your path today that need some encouragement. It is an important ministry.

“….encourage one another daily as long as it is called ‘today.'”  Hebrews 3:13

Heavenly Father, thank you for words of hope and encouragement, thank you for the people in my life that bring encouragement. Help me to encourage others today and every day. Amen.

About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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