Our Scripture reading today is Acts 4:36-37, "And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus, Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles' feet."
If we were involved in some sort of Bible trivia competition, I am not sure how many of us would remember Joses mentioned in Acts 4. The percentages would definitely increase if we were given the name, Barnabas. Notice, this is the name he was given by the apostles. Barnabas was known for being an encourager and or comforter. His character led to him being given this "nickname." What kind of a name would we be given?
Joses name tag would be included in the pages of Scripture for generation after generation to learn about this son of consolation. His very name would be a constant reminder to consider those around us and how we can encourage or comfort them. Verse 37 describes a very generous man in relation to his giving. If we are going to make a difference in someone's life, we must be willing to give in whatever way God enables us. There are plenty of people who need to be encouraged. Ask God to lead you to someone today.