You might forget that his name is Joseph. We know him better by the name the apostles gave him, Barnabas, which means “son of encouragement.” What a blessing he was in the lives of others. His encouragement changed lives! It’s doubtful that Paul would have been the same man without Barnabas. Sermons are preached just about his name. We all need encouragement.
It’s a blessing to think of all the people who have been Barnabas to me! Some have given light to some dark days. Many have put a spring back in my step. Sometimes it’s been a generous gesture, but often it’s just the right word at the right time. “A word spoken at the right time is like gold apples on a silver tray” (Prov. 25:11, HCSB). Some have found some pretty clever ways of saying, “I love you, I’m thinking about you, I care about you.”
All around the world thousands and thousands of sermons are preached. Some in massive buildings, some in homes and others online. But the best ones come wrapped in human skin. Most people would rather see a sermon than hear one. The sermon your life preaches may reach places a preacher can never touch. Some have given hope, peace, and comfort without ever speaking a word.
How many lives have been brought back from the edge of ruin by some kind word or gesture? Jesus mentioned that even a cup of water can have its reward. To all of you who go out of your way to brighten the lives of others, “thank you!”