“May God’s Grace and Hand Be Seen Among Those Making His Disciples 願神的恩手得見在那些使人作祂門徒者中間“（Acts 使徒行傳 11:19-24）
… went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts. He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord.
At first, due to the persecution after Stephen’s martyrdom, Christians scattered over the Roman Empire preached only to Jews. But some unnamed disciples eventually began the first mentioned ‘mission to the Gentiles’ in Antioch as well. Because God was with them, their ministry was blessed and multiplied that a great number of people believed and turned to Christ, thus the church in Jerusalem sent Barnabas (who was previously known for his generosity and his warm acceptance of Saul of Tarsus after he was converted) to see what happened there. There was something in the work and atmosphere among Christ’s followers in Antioch that made Barnabas able to see God’s grace. He rightly focused on his main job as a leader of the congregation, strengthening the church family itself with the result that a great number of people were added to God’s kingdom.
Prayer: Dear Lord Jesus, we could turn people to some personality, to a social club or even to a church or an institution without your hand; yet, we could not turn them to you without your hand! May others be able to see among us an emphasis not on self, man-made rules and human performance but on God’s glorious grace which will make everyone glad. May we be willingly equipped for doing our ministry and grow towards maturity leading to the growth of Christ’s body. Amen.