I found it this week.
Acts 4:36 Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement)…
He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. (Acts 11:24)
Try to think of those people that fit that description. Isn’t that what you want? Good, full of the Spirit and faith, with lots of people in heaven because you exist. That’s beautiful stuff.
I’ve been at the Exponential Conference on Church Planting this week. We love church planting; I believe it’s the fastest way to save the world. We are planting in Ireland, New York, Paris, California, Chicago, Salt Lake City, etc. This is how a “great number of people are brought to the Lord.”
So the whole week has been a discussion of how to make that happen, and a lot of meetings and supernatural connections.
And sitting in the middle of it all is a Barnabas.
His name is Rick Warren. You may have heard of him. This whole week at this church conference, where he is basically the coolest guy in universe, he sat at this picnic table. Every time I walked by, he was just sitting there – full of the Holy Spirit and Faith and he was an encourager to anyone and everyone who came up and talked to him. For three days.
I just talked to our church planters from Manhattan. They said he came up to them and said, “Have you had a hug from a Pastor today?” He didn’t know them. He’s just Barnabas.
I introduced him to Ricci and he got up and hugged him and said, "Dude, I want to go to your campus." (Said he used to have hair like Ricci's:)
The guy is one of the most important Christian leaders in the Universe. He has a large church and a larger ministry and so many things he should be doing. But instead of that, he sat on a bench and loved people. I know some of you have heard dumb stuff about Rick. It’s not true, it’s out of context, and it’s from Satan.
But this isn’t about him, it’s about Barney. Rick is just one of many examples of Barnabas I know. I want to be Barnabas. Honestly, I don’t know how to do it, but I’m working on it. It’s my goal. Obviously I want to be like Jesus, but sometimes I think I need to shoot a little bit lower first.:)
RIP - Tim Harlow
1961 - ????
“A good man, full of the Holy Spirit and of faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.”
Lord, hear my prayer.