Cleave to the Lord

Then tidings of these things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch.  Who, when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto the Lord.

Acts 11:22-23

We have seen from Philip’s examples in the book of Acts that we should “preach Jesus.”  That is the most basic thing a Christian should be doing.  John the Baptist started pointing people to Jesus, and we are to take up his mantle and continue to point people to Jesus.  But what do we do after we have brought people to Jesus?  What then?  Barnabas encountered this question in this passage.  We went to Antioch and found a group of dedicated Christians who clearly had the grace of God.  They had already come to Jesus.  So what did he tell them to do?

He simply told them to “cleave unto the Lord.”

After you get people to Jesus, then get to stay close to Jesus.  There are basically two pats to the Christian life: getting saved, or becoming a Christian, and then living like a Christian.  Once people are Christians, they need to work on living like they are Christians.

Just as Barnabas did with this early church in the city of Antioch, we are to do with those that we know.  He encouraged them to cleave to the Lord.  He encouraged them to stay as close to the Lord as possible.  Maybe there is someone in our lives today who could use some encouragement in living for the Lord and staying close to Him.  In fact, we could all use some encouragement in that direction.  “Cleave to the Lord.”  Stay close to Him!

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