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November 28th, 2015

Would You Send Your Best?

“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.” Acts 13:2-3 (ESV)

The church at Antioch was blessed, wouldn’t you say? They had some incredible leaders, serving as prophets and teachers, not the least of which were Barnabas and Saul, also called “Paul.” The church was growing and preaching the gospel to the Gentiles; they were actively building the Kingdom of God! In the midst of their growth, though, an interesting declaration comes from the Lord, in which He tells Antioch to set apart Barnabas and Saul for a new work, one that will take them away from their church.

For many of us today, this kind of calling would have induced panic. “Why would the Lord take our best men?” “We need Paul/Saul and Barnabas to continue to grow; we can’t do it without them.” But the church in Antioch made no such declarations. Instead, they fasted and prayed over these men, laid hands on them, and sent them out.

Why was the church in Antioch so willing to do this? They sent out their best leaders because they had a larger view of the Kingdom of God. They knew that their growth wasn’t dependent on any one man but rather on the favor and power of the Spirit at work within them. Further, if the Lord explicitly called these men out and they didn’t send them, surely the favor of God would leave them in their disobedience.

May we be like the church in Antioch! May we recognize that our devotion is not to a man but rather to the Lord, and may we be willing to commission our best men to be sent out for the good of the gospel, if the Lord so commands. We must be willing to sacrifice our best and trust in the Lord’s greater provision, as that is truly the heart of the message of Jesus displayed beautifully by the church at Antioch.

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Mobilization Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Saturday, November 28th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Acts, Sacrifice, Send.
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November 28th, 2012

Would You Send Your Best?

“While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.” Acts 13:2-3 (ESV)

The church at Antioch was blessed, wouldn’t you say? They had some incredible leaders, serving as prophets and teachers, not the least of which were Barnabas and Saul, also called “Paul.” The church was growing and preaching the gospel to the Gentiles; they were actively building the Kingdom of God! In the midst of their growth, though, an interesting declaration comes from the Lord, in which He tells Antioch to set apart Barnabas and Saul for a new work, one that will take them away from their church.

For many of us today, this kind of calling would have induced panic. “Why would the Lord take our best men?” “We need Paul/Saul and Barnabas to continue to grow; we can’t do it without them.” But the church in Antioch made no such declarations. Instead, they fasted and prayed over these men, laid hands on them, and sent them out.

Why was the church in Antioch so willing to do this? They sent out their best leaders because they had a larger view of the Kingdom of God. They knew that their growth wasn’t dependent on any one man but rather on the favor and power of the Spirit at work within them. Further, if the Lord explicitly called these men out and they didn’t send them, surely the favor of God would leave them in their disobedience.

May we be like the church in Antioch! May we recognize that our devotion is not to a man but rather to the Lord, and may we be willing to commission our best men to be sent out for the good of the gospel, if the Lord so commands. We must be willing to sacrifice our best and trust in the Lord’s greater provision, as that is truly the heart of the message of Jesus displayed beautifully by the church at Antioch.

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 325:  Acts 13-14)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Wednesday, November 28th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Acts, Sacrifice, Send.
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