Acts 9: 26-31
Saul has been changed. God had called him to preach and teach and he was living up to this. He was ready and he was on fire for what God has given him to do. One problem though, no one thought it was real.
Saul had spent so much time chasing and hurting those in the church that when they heard he was converted they didn’t believe it. They didn’t want to meet with him. They didn’t want anything to do with him at all really. It was only because Barnabas took up for him that the disciples would even come around him.
The people around us are important. Saul would have never been around the other apostles had one guy not decided to stick up for him. He would have been rejected, caught, and killed by the people who were chasing him and the story would end here. The people around you are very important.
We talked about community this Sunday, and it’s so true that we need people around because there is so much we cannot do on our own. Other people, aside from the personal emotional benefits, provide a team effort into a cause instead of a lone venture based solely on your abilities. Where you’re strong you can do okay, but where you are weak others can step in to help.
Who is in your life that you can lean on? Who helps you in your weaknesses and who do you help with your strengths?