Can anyone see God show up and change someone from the inside out?
After Saul’s personal encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus, Saul was supernaturally changed by Jesus. This experience motivated Saul to tell everyone about Jesus. But, everyone was afraid of this Christian Bounty Hunter. Everyone knew that when this Bounty Hunter came into town, look out, Christians run and hide.
Suddenly, Saul’s message changed from against Jesus to for Jesus. Was this a trick? Was this a new tactic to find those secret Christians? Was this a new strategy this Christian Hunter was using as bait?
Acts 9:19-21 Saul spent a few days getting acquainted with the Damascus disciples, but then went right to work, wasting no time, preaching in the meeting places that this Jesus was the Son of God. They were caught off guard by this and, not at all sure they could trust him, they kept saying, “Isn’t this the man who wreaked havoc in Jerusalem among the believers? And didn’t he come here to do the same thing—arrest us and drag us off to jail in Jerusalem for sentencing by the high priests?”
Could Saul be trusted? Did anyone have an eye on the invisible work of Jesus? Would anyone take a risk on this possible new convert? Was there anyone willing to put their life on line for this potential new Christian leader?
No one, except one man.
26-27 Back in Jerusalem he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him. They didn’t trust him one bit. Then Barnabas took him under his wing. He introduced him to the apostles and stood up for him, told them how Saul had seen and spoken to the Master on the Damascus Road and how in Damascus itself he had laid his life on the line with his bold preaching in Jesus’ name.
Barnabas had an eye to see the invisible work of Jesus. Barnabas had the vision to see the miracle working of his Savior. Barnabas had the heart to grasp the specialty handy work of his Lord. Barnabas had the courage to put his life on the line for a potential new leader for Jesus.
Why couldn’t anyone else see this? Why was everyone else so blind to their Savior’s work? Why didn’t anyone else take a risk for Jesus?
A beautiful mark of a mature Christian is someone who can see the impossible handiwork of their Savior. This mark is seen in risking taking for Jesus.
What do you see in everyone and every day?
Can you see the signs of the invisible spiritual world or just the physical world?
Do you even care about these two different worlds?
Do you regularly take risks for Jesus because of the every-day spiritual opportunities Jesus provides for us?
Are you seeking to become more like a Barnabas Christian as opposed to all other Christians?
Praying for Jesus to continue to grow us to be more Barnabas like.