Who knows the impact that one dear soul may have on the world because of your few words of encouragement.
Shortly after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, we read in Acts that the early believers sold property to help feed the poor. At this time, we read that a Levite called Joses sold land and brought the proceeds to the apostles to be distributed. This was a commendable act since that land would have been Joses’s security and providence for his old age, yet he chose to give it all up for the sake of helping the needy. What an encouraging act. In fact, Joses was so much of an encourager that his name was changed to Barnabas, which means son of encouragement. Later we read how Barnabas took Paul under his wing when he was rejected by the other disciples because Paul had been a persecutor of the Christians. Barnabas encouraged Paul to stay strong and encouraged the other believers to accept him. Barnabas went on to be a travel companion with Apostle Paul, preaching the gospel across Asia Minor.
Years back when I was studying for the ministry, I endured a spiritual burnout and had a crisis of faith. At the time I was attending a large church in Johannesburg, South Africa. The pastor was a gentle yet firm man. Because of my experience, I had been appointed to a position of leadership in the church, yet I was in rebellion. Without criticism or rejection, my pastor took me under his wing. He lavished me with counsel and prayer. Never did he condemn my folly or deny me opportunity. In fact, I was promoted to music director of the church. I can only believe that he had insight into God’s call on my life and faith that God would pull me through my rebellion. And he did.
And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.Hebrews 10:24
Is there someone in your life who you know is called of God but is suffering a crisis of faith at this time? Do you believe that God has a plan to use him/her mightily for the Kingdom yet he/she can’t see the wood for the trees, so to speak? May I encourage you to be an encourager and encourage that person to not give up but look up and trust God’s plan for their lives. Who knows the impact that one dear soul may have on the world because of your few words of encouragement?
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