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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A prayer for goodness

The text below contains a simple description of a man named Barnabas.

Acts 11:22–24 (ESV) 22 The report of this came to the ears of the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he came and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast purpose, 24 for he was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith. And a great many people were added to the Lord.

This morning, praying before a group of men, I began praying that we might become more like this description of Barnabas in this text. I found myself nearly choked up as I prayed that God would make us good men, men full of the Holy Spirit and full of faith. This brief glimpse into the sort of man Barnabas was is a tremendous picture of a life toward which we can pray that we might become, both men and women.

Barnabas was:

1. A bridge builder (you may need to read the greater context to see this)
2. Spiritually perceptive (he saw the grace of God)
3. Joyful
4. An encourager
5. A good man
6. Full of the Holy Spirit
7. Full of faith

These circumstances in his life and in the situation at the church of Antioch resulted in a great many people being added to the Lord. 

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