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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 11, 2018

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MONDAY, June 11     Saint Barnabas, Apostle

Acts 11:23 When [Barnabas] came and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced, and he exhorted them all to remain faithful to the Lord with steadfast devotion.

Many organizations consider “a good leader” as the person who comes in and charts the course, steers the ship, and tells the subordinates what to do. This model of leadership is alive and well in many churches. If we hire a young and dynamic pastor, surely she or he will bring in other young and dynamic people! The pastor becomes the “fixer-in-chief.” Our friend Barnabas, however, offers another perspective.

Instead of showing up and fixing everything, Barnabas arrives on the scene, witnesses the grace of God already present among the people, celebrates it, and empowers the people to remain faithful and steadfast—to keep doing what they are doing. I wonder how often I’ve rushed into a situation, intent on fixing it, without taking a moment to acknowledge the grace of God already present. What possibilities open up when we choose to celebrate and empower the people of God? How might we lead like Barnabas, encouraging one another to remain faithful and steadfast to the Lord Jesus?

MOVING FORWARD: Is there something you’re trying to fix that isn’t broken? How might you move from fixer to encourager?

PRAY for the Church of Nigeria

Today the Church remembers Saint Barnabas the Apostle.

Ps 112 | Isaiah 42:5-12 | Acts 11:19-30; 13:1-3 | Matthew 10:7-16



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