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February 16, 2022 7:00 pm
In an article on mentoring, Hannah Schell explains that mentors need to support, challenge, and inspire, but “first, and perhaps foremost, a good mentor sees you. . . . Recognition, not in terms of awards or publicity but in the sense of simply ‘being seen,’ is a basic human need.” People need to be recognized, known, and believed in.
In the New Testament, Barnabas, whose name means “Son of Encouragement,” had a knack for “seeing” people around him. In Acts 9, he was willing to give Saul a chance when the other disciples “were all afraid of him” (v. 26). Saul (also called Paul; 13:9) had a history of persecuting believers in Jesus (8:3), so they didn’t think “he really was a disciple” (9:26).
Later, Paul and Barnabas had a disagreement over whether to take Mark with them to “visit the believers in all the towns where [they’d] preached” (15:36). Paul didn’t think it was wise to bring Mark along because he’d deserted them earlier. Interestingly, Paul later asked for Mark’s assistance: “Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry” (2 Timothy 4:11).
Barnabas took time to “see” both Paul and Mark. Perhaps we’re in Barnabas’ position to recognize potential in another person or we’re that individual in need of a spiritual mentor. May we ask God to lead us to those who we can encourage and those who will encourage us.
Hi friends and welcome to today's encouragement from the daily bread devotional reading is titled being in it was written by Julie Schwab in an article on mentoring Cashel explains that mentors need to support challenge and inspire. But first, and perhaps foremost a good mentor sees you recognition not in terms of awards or publicity in the sense of simply being seen as a basic human need people need to be recognized, known and believed in. In the New Testament, Barnabas, whose name means son of encouragement have a knack for seeing people around him. In acts nine, he was willing to give Saul a chance and the other disciples were afraid of him. Saul also called Paul a history of persecuting believers in Jesus, so they didn't think he really was a disciple later Paul and Barnabas had a disagreement over whether to take Mark with them to visit the believers in all the towns where they preached. Paul didn't think it was wise to bring Mark along because he deserted them earlier interestingly and second Timothy four. Paul later asked for Mark's assistance Mark and bring him with you because he is helpful to me in my ministry. Barnabas took time to see both Paul and Mark.
Perhaps we're in Barnabas's position to recognize potential in another person were near that individual in need of a spiritual mentor God to lead us to those we can encourage and those who will encourage us today Our Daily Bread devotional Scripture reading is from acts chapter 9 verses 26 through 30 when he came to Jerusalem.
He tried to join the disciples but they were all afraid of him not believing that he really was a disciple, but Barnabas took him and brought them to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him and how in Damascus.
He had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews, but they tried to kill and when the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent them off to Tarsus.
Let's pray father, help us to see and encourage others and when we are discouraged lead encouragers to us. Thank you that we can work together to build each other up in our faith. It's in Jesus name we pray. Amen hey thanks for listening. My name is Alisa Reisinger and today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread ministries