When I was in Mexico recently, I attended the staff meeting at Comunidad Mosaico, a ministry that works toward transformation among the urban poor. They had a time of worship, and due to my poor Spanish skills, I understood very little that was going on. But I felt the movement of the Spirit among them and I got this sense from the Lord that these people were Barnabases.
Now, I think Barnabas is one of the most important people in the New Testament, but he gets almost no recognition. He probably wouldn’t even make most people’s top ten list. But I outlined for the people at that staff meeting the significant role that Barnabas played. He came alongside Paul, got him embraced by the apostles. He took up the cause of John Mark. If we take Paul and Mark out of the equation, how much of the New Testament wouldn’t even be written?
“If you really succeed and do your job well as a Barnabas,” I told them, “few people will even know about you. Everyone else will get the credit, but you’ll be the ones who really made a difference by empowering them.” Many had tears in their eyes as they considered this vision.