1 Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 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.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
The very same church Barnabas asked Saul to help in yesterday’s devotional now became the base of operation for Saul’s ministry. Jerusalem was still the mother church, but the missionary church was Antioch, the reader also witness Peter was no longer the central figure, but Saul.
Regarding the church in Antioch, it was a very cosmopolitan church, and the background of the members and the leaders was very diverse (very similar to SCF). Despite their various backgrounds, the church functioned as one.
This account is an excellent example of how people from different backgrounds (cultural and social) can overcome their differences and unite for one goal: Jesus and the advancement of his kingdom.
Let this narrative encourage and motivate us at SCF to look past our differences and work towards a unified goal.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you an opportunity to rest. Write it down in your diary or phone and spend that time with God.