Here is an account from Acts, when Barnabas is first named: ‘Now the company of those who believed were of one heart and soul, and no one said that any of the things which he possessed was his own, but they had everything in common. And with great power the apostles gave their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all. There was not a needy person among them, for as many as were possessors of lands or houses sold them, and brought the proceeds of what was sold and laid it at the apostles’ feet; and distribution was made to each as any had need. Thus Joseph who was surnamed by the apostles Barnabas (which means, Son of encouragement), a Levite, a native of Cyprus, sold a field which belonged to him, and brought the money and laid it at the apostles’ feet’.

There is a lesson here for us all, in how to give all that we possess to God, be it physical or spiritual. Barnabas’ gesture was characteristic of the man, as was his name, ‘Son of encouragement’. Perhaps today, we can search out someone who needs encouragement, and give them that which they need. May God bless you.