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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.
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?
Today the Church remembers Saint Barnabas the Apostle.