Joses Barnabas

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.

Acts 4:36-37

Have you ever heard of a man named Joses Barnabas?  Neither have I.  The only place I can find that he is ever mentioned is in this passage in the book of Acts.  Joses Barnabas was a Levite from the country of Cyprus.  I know who the Levites are and I know where Cyprus is, but I don’t know much about this man named Joses.  But God knows about him.

We know that Joses did one thing: he owned a piece of land, and he sold it and brought the money to the apostles to do with as they pleased.  Apparently there were others who had done the same type of thing.  But God chose to record this man’s generosity for us to read about two thousand years later.  So we will read about it and we will think about it today.

Joses owned this land.  He did not have to sell it and he did not have to give the money from it to the apostles.  There was no rule or law that said that the church members had to sell any land that they owned.  It was purely an offering to the Lord.  It was grace giving.  It was generous giving.  It was the kind of giving that the Lord honours.  It was the kind of giving that we should be striving to match.

One man’s generosity was recorded in the Bible.  Other people may not have even noticed.  But God noticed.  God always notices.  How generous have we been lately?  I think we could all stand to be a little more generous and sacrificial in our giving to the Lord.  How are we doing?  Could our names go down beside this Joses Barnabas?

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