Anointed for Consolation
Daily Devotional for February 5th
And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostle’s feet. Acts 4:36-37
Whether you realize it or not, if you’re born again, you are a great gift to the body of Christ. Your worth to your local church or the entire body of Christ cannot be measured. It doesn’t matter if you have just recently been saved, God will use you to strengthen the rest of the church. When the Lord saves us, He does not wait to use us. He immediately goes to work in our life for the purpose of helping His people.
Barnabas is a very interesting man. As Jesus surnamed Simon as Peter, the apostles took Joses and forever after referred to him as Barnabas. As the scripture reveals, Barnabas means son of consolation in Hebrew. There was a great reason for this. Barnabas was a great comfort; or consolation to the apostles. Barnabas had an overwhelming gift from the Lord to console and comfort His apostles in tremendous times of persecution. In order to be able to console or comfort others, you must have a tremendous amount of victory in your own life. Barnabas without doubt faced terrible circumstances in his own life and found Jesus to be an ever-present help. This caused him to be able to comfort others in tribulation.
When others may be tempted to believe their greatest assets to the church and the lost world are yet to be obtained, God places within you much of His will when your first saved. Barnabas actually went on to be an apostle himself. His value to Paul would be unmeasurable. His greatest gift, though, was his God-given gift of comfort. The Comforter worked so powerfully within him that God was able to use a mortal man to calm, comfort, and console His apostles in the most difficult times. Out of all the apostles the Holy Spirit would use to go along side Paul, it was Barnabas whom He chose. The Lord knew Paul would need great consolation for the persecution he would face.
You, like Barnabas, were created for chaos! Barnabas shined brightest in tribulation. The Lord joined Barnabas to those doing a great work in the world. Barnabas’ gift didn’t engage the situation until all hope was gone. Then all of a sudden, comfort pours from his spirit. What about you? Does a supernatural calm come over you when everyone else is running scared? Do you have a drive from deep within you to be a shoulder for others to lean on in their grief? Don’t hide your peace, God wants you to be a son/daughter of consolation. Let the Lord work His will in you. Your reward will be great one day in this world and in the next!