Have you ever screwed up and been reminded of it ever after? Paul (known in this passage as Saul) knows what that feels like. After Paul converted to Christianity, no one trusted him. In fact, the other Christians were afraid of him because he had been seeking to kill the followers of Christ. What did it cost Barnabas to stand up for this man who might really be in their midst only to kill them all? Barnabas followed the prompting of God’s Holy Spirit, trusting this man was truly one of them. By coming alongside Paul, Barnabas literally changed the course of history. Barnabas didn’t write any part of Scripture, and after a certain point Paul and Barnabas part ways and we don’t see Barnabas in Scripture after that. He is in many ways a Dark Horse – an unknown – but his contribution to God’s kingdom includes all of us, because he gave Paul a second chance. What is God prompting you to do?
Acts 9:26-28 NIV
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. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord.
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