“And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,” Acts 4:36Text — Acts 4:34-37
People in different cultures believe in the power of the name they bear. Ask your parents, they will definitely tell you the reason they gave you your name. Every name has a meaning and it is tied to a particular situation or circumstance. Our names are an important part of our identity. They carry deep personal, cultural, family, religious and historical connections. They also give us a sense of whom we are, the communities in which we belong, and our place in the world.
The name ‘Barnabas’ means the Son of Consolation. Yes, this Barnabas was truly a child of consolation. He was an encouragement to the early Church in Jerusalem. He was a source of comfort to other brethren. He was selfless and unselfish; he sold his property and gave the whole money for the upkeep of other believers.
Like Barnabas, you must show love, concern and care for others in the church and everywhere you find yourself. Provide a shoulder for people to lean on, support anyone facing challenges and always be a source of encouragement to others. As a Christian child, you must be a source of consolation to your parents, ministers of God in the church, teachers in school and everybody that relates with you. Be a Barnabas!
Prayer for today
Heavenly Father, please make me a source of encouragement and consolation to others.