Could We Nickname You "Barnabas"?

“And Joses, who was also named Barnabas by the apostles (which is translated

Son of Encouragement), a Levite of the country of Cyprus,” (Acts 4:36, NKJV)



Many of us were given, what we call, “nicknames” when we were young. Some of

these nicknames have stuck with us even through adulthood. There are some

people whose legal names we do not even know because we have called those

individuals by their “nicknames” for so long.


This verse lets us know that nicknames are not a new phenomenon. There was a

disciple of Christ whose “legal” name was Joses, but was given the nickname,

“Barnabas.” This nickname, unlike those many of us were given, was not given to

him because it was cute or catchy, but because of his character. Joses was an

encourager. He was one who spoke positively to and about other people. Joses

was the person you want by your side when you are going through difficult times.

He was a person who edified others.


I wonder how many of us could be nicknamed “Barnabas”? Are you an

encourager of others or are you one who is negative and destructive in your

dealings with other people? Do you uplift or do you tear down? Are you positive

when faced with difficult situations or are you negative? Only those who edify and

lift the spirits of others can carry the name Barnabas. Today, the question is,

COULD WE NICKNAME YOU “BARNABAS”?

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