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“News of this reached the ears of the church at Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw the evidence of the grace of God, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.” (Acts 11:22-23)
Persecution had scattered the early believers, so they began to preach the good news about Jesus wherever they were. Most of them spoke to Jews, but some who went to Antioch preached to Gentile Greeks and a great number of them believed and turned to God. This was the situation that the church leaders sent Barnabas to investigate.
Curiosity filled my mind when I read this story. What exactly did Barnabas see? What evidence of God’s grace was so compelling to him?
Then God reminded me of the evidence of His grace in my own believing community:
God is still at work. And wherever He is, there will be evidence of His grace.
Holy God, Thank you for Your work in my life and the lives of those around me. Thank you for how You encourage us by showing evidence of Your grace. Help me to remain true to You. Amen
Questions: What evidence of God’s grace have you seen this week? How can we encourage each other to remain true to the Lord?