“May We Unite Together in God’s Love and Build Up Each Other in Christ 願我們在神愛裡合一，在基督裡彼此建立“（Acts 使徒行傳 11:25-30）
Then Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. … Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea. This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.
All the exciting gospel work and opportunities in Antioch prompted Barnabas to remember Saul. Saul was so valuable to Barnabas that it was worth it for him to leave his work for a season and search hard to find Saul in Tarsus. Then they returned together and taught great numbers of people in Antioch making the church strong there. As the people of Antioch called/mocked Jesus’ followers the ‘Jesus People/Christians’, the believers appreciated the title so much that it stuck. Taking the prediction of a severe famine seriously, truly disciples/Christians in Antioch, as each one was able, determined to give generously to meet the need according to the ability of their resources and their faith, trusting that their gift to God’s work was a worthy investment in His kingdom, and not a loss.
Prayer: Abba Father, today more and more Christians tend to lose the idea of the title ‘Jesus People / Christians’ and thus do not really care about being worthy of the name or not. Thank you for reminding us your wonderful hand in Antioch not only in their church physical growth but also in their spiritual growth towards maturity demonstrated by their act of offering. Indeed, if a person does not determine to give, that person seldom or never does. Amen.