Monday, August 19, 2019

Comfort Consultant

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Comfort Consultant

Recently our air conditioner broke down during a hot and humid spell. One company did not answer our phone call during that day. The other immediately sent out a worker and fixed it. Later we asked for quotes on a new one as we were informed that ours had reached its expiration date. One company sent their Comfort Consultant out to talk about the amazing qualities of their air conditioners. I liked the sound, but didn’t need the amazing detail on the load requirements and efficiency. It took quite a while to get to the point as my wife told him we had to meet our children’s plane at the airport. Then we heard the price, which was not comforting. 

So that’s one kind of Comfort Consultant. Barnabas, which means son of encouragement (Acts 4:36)sold a field and put the money at the apostles’ feet. He put his money where his mouth was. This Levite was not able to hold property so he had gone to great length to pull off this gift.

He was the one who presented the once feared enemy of  “the Way,” that is Paul to the apostles. He took risks for the sake of Christ and His gospel. He was indeed a Comfort Consultant. He was a Holy Spirit filled man called of God to missionary journeys with Paul. Even when Paul cast out John Mark because of his fear of danger, Barnabas took him as a travel mate to encourage and build up the young man who would eventually become vital to even Paul. Yes, He took great risks disagreeing with the mighty apostle Paul. In Antioch Barnabas saw evidence of the grace of God. “He was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord” (Acts 11:23-24). His grace was recognizedbefore James and the other pillars of the church in Jerusalem. 

Barnabas was a disciple who clearly was courageous yet Spirit led to be comforting and encouraging in the face of challenges. This I believe is what disciples are called to emulate. Joseph was named Barnabas because of his character, that I believe all believers and especially those who wish to be chaplains or working in pastoral care should possess. Encouragement is a gift of the Spirit. It is one for a counselor full of grace and mercy. Barnabas is certainly a disciple from whom I find a model for my calling as a chaplain

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