And I’d like to stop and take a moment

to talk to you about the crucial role

that men and women with the heart

of Barnabas could play

in missions mobilization.

Did you know that out of every 100 people

who actually say yes to a call

to missions, only two or three

actually make it into the harvest?

So, of course, as missions,

leaders and missions mobilizes,

we’re trying very hard to change

that, because the harvest is ripe

and the laborers are a few.

So evidently the Holy Spirit is calling

those labors and they’re saying,

“yes, here am I, send me.”

And yet there seems to be huge gaps

in the bridge from that event,

from that moment to actual fruitful

deployment in the harvest.

And so we need to stop and remind

ourselves, as we’ve said elsewhere,

that mission’s mobilization

is not an event only.

It is this process,

this discipleship process,

and requires people to come along side

of the disciple,

continue to invest in them,

help them take the next step,

the next step and the next step until they

are actually deployed into the harvest.

And so laborers are being called,

but we need many more trainers,

mentors, coaches, mobilizers,

leaders of all sorts who are

willing to walk alongside of them.

So I’ve noticed that some of these

labels actually are not so clear.

For example, the word “coach”,

I’m trained as a life coach.

I’m a huge fan of that approach.

And yet sometimes that word has other

associations, like with sports coaching

or even the word “mobilizer”.

These days, there’s much more awareness

of what mobilizer is,

but there’s still so many people who are

functioning in a way where they’re trying

to help people find their

role in the great commission.

And yet they would not label themselves as

a mobilizer and might not

know what that term is.

So it brings up the question,

is there a Biblical point

of reference for this role?

Is this found in the Bible?

And I think we do see it.

I think we see it in the life of Barnabas.


Barnabas, was that guy who willing to take

a risk on a brash, unpolished ex-terrorist

named Saul,

come along side of him,

walk with him and actually

release him into greater levels of

ministry and influence than even his own.

You notice and in the Book of Acts

at the beginning of their story,

it always says “Barnabas and Paul”.

Because you mention the most important

person first, but then it starts

to say “Paul and Barnabas”.

And so the heart of Barnabas also includes

this willingness to be the sidewalk

for others to walk on and actually be

launched into greater levels,

potentially greater levels

of ministry and fruitfulness.

And so regardless of what we call these

roles, we need more men and women

with the heart of Barnabas who are willing

to look for and take risks on unpolished

potential missionaries who could be

incredible disciple makers

among the unreached right.

So that’s actually stop and do

a Bible study on Barnabas.

Let’s ask God,

 who how can we become more like Barnabas?

Let’s stop and ask God that.

He would highlight the people around us

that he’s asking us to invest

in and take a risk in.

Because I think one of the huge solutions

for this gap between the event of people

saying, here am I send me and actual

fruitfulness in the nations in the harvest

is the solution for that gap is many more

men and women with the

heart of a Barnabas.

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