The early Christians didn’t have social media or ice bucket challenges, but they did have a powerful message and a burning motivation to share it. Barnabas played a major part in spreading the gospel—all because he accepted Jesus’ challenge, then challenged others to take part as well. We have the opportunity to challenge and encourage others to grow spiritually and be all they can be in Christ.
The Bible teaches that when Barnabas arrived in Antioch, he saw the grace of God at work. This impacted him deeply and he began expressing what had been woven into his nature—encouragement. Some people are naturally bent toward seeing the best in others and are great encouragers. Others tend to be skeptics and are naturally more critical. Either way, all Christ-followers are equipped with the capacity to be aware of God’s grace. When we become aware of God working in others’ lives, we should be glad, just as Barnabas was. And we should intentionally encourage others to grow in that grace.
Considering you’re leading a group of students, you understand that God wants to use you to help others grow in their faith. Let me encourage you—be aware of God’s grace in the lives of each student. It may be more readily apparent in some than in others. Either way, as you see flickers of God’s grace, fan the spark and encourage students to grow in their devotion to God.
Share the One Conversation with parents to prepare them for further family discussions.