Read: Acts 14:8
MEMORISE: Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful (1 Corinthians 4:2).
That we are privilege to know Christ, should make us view ourselves as His servants, and our aims should be to be faithful in that role. We must be faithful in that which had been entrusted to us. Our text shows the faithfulness of Paul and Barnabas in some great victories, and in some difficult trials, as they completed the first missionary journey. We should learn from, and imitate Paul and Barnabas, as faithful servants of Christ, no matter the cost. A faithful servant courageously keeps on proclaiming the gospel in spite persecution, as exemplified by Paul and Barnabas.
Most of us have never known any persecution that compares to what Paul and Barnabas went through. How you response to persecution will be a test of whether you are a faithful servant of Christ or not. If you are prone to getting hurt and quitting, you need to learn the lesson of courageous persistence from these two servants of the Lord.
One of Satan’s most effective tools that he uses to cripple new believers is to send trials. That is why Peter warned us to be of sober spirit and be at alert (1 Pet. 5:8-10). Through trials, we learn to trust God more fully, and not learn on the arm of flesh. Trials strip us of worldly attitudes that have attached themselves to us like barnacles to the hull of ship. It is important for you to learn to submit to God’s mighty hand in them, and then He can use you to strengthen and encourage newer believers, so that they will continue in the faith in the face of trials.
Paul and Barnabas are given to us as examples of faithful servants. May we imitate them, so that someday, we will hear our Saviour welcome us into His heaven with the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” As the World Religion Day is being celebrated today, let’s remember that true Religion, that the love of God in Christ Jesus, borders on how faithful we are to Him (2 Cor. 4:2).
1. Lord, help me to stand with, and for You when faced with trials of life, and of faith.
2. Oh Lord, don’t allow me to suffer like a criminal who fall foul of the law.
3. Lord, deliver nations who are currently facing persecutions due to their faith in Jesus Christ.
EXTRA READING FOR TODAY: Genesis 41:21 –42:27; Matthew 13:24 – 13:45