Leadership Lessons on Barnabas
Principles in Barnabas’ life that impact ministry today
- What are the lessons we can learn for our personal growth?
- How does it relate to the ministry that we do?
1. The Son of encouragement
He was others centered, humble, and brought everything and everyone around him up a level.
His name was Joseph but his name was changed to match his character (Son of encouragement).
2. Barnabas was one of the greats
Position does not guarantee you influence but influence will always guarantee you a position.
If you strive for position and politic, that does not mean that you will have the influence necessary to hold even the positions you have.
Everyone appreciates and recognizes influence.
One of the rules of influence is that everyone has value in your life.
One of the dumbest statements that has ever been made is to say, “I see potential in you”.
Everyone has potential…if you can’t see it, you are not fit for ministry.
We all remember who Saul was and how horrible of an individual he was.
Can you even imagine being the guy who brings Saul to the apostles
3. Invest in others beyond what you see now
- This is a requirement in investing in others.
- If you are investing just to what you can see, you will never be able to fully develop the investment.
- Barnabas had to listen to the Lord and invest way beyond what Saul looked like at the time to what he would become in the future.
- Influence is when you are investing heavily in someone before anybody see’s value in then and because of it; everyone will see their value.
4. Trust God in the assignment given
- God’s going to give you some assignments with people that you are not going to understand.
- Your understanding is not needed for your obedience.
5. He was all about people
- Who are you investing in right now that when you do it, you take heat?
- Is anyone questioning why you are “wasting time” on a certain person?
- We should have at least one person in our life like this.
- The payday comes here when that person hits a home run…it is much more rewarding to watch someone you love to hit a home run than for you to succeed.