Summary: If we are true Christians then we are in the people lifting business
Acts 4:36 And Joses, who by the apostles was surnamed Barnabas, (which is, being interpreted, The son of consolation,) a Levite, and of the country of Cyprus,
Acts 4:37 Having land, sold it, and brought the money, and laid it at the apostles feet.
His name was Joses = Exalted Which is a derivative or variation of the name Joseph = Let him add (The apostles named him Barnabas = The son of consolation,) = (Let him add Courage) (Consolation)
Consolation speaks of comfort, encouragement, exhortation, lifting up, cheering.
One of the greatest needs in the body of Christ is the ministry of encouragement
life itself has a way of draining you, and sapping you of cheer and joy,-thats before we even talk about the spiritual element of our warfare with the devil.
All around us there are people who are hurting, people who are defeated, discouraged, depressed, there are people close to you who feel hopeless, and alone, circumstances have beat them down, many of them may be on the verge of giving up.
They need a lift
Ask your neighbor: Can I get a lift?
I am thankful for the calling that God has placed on my life, but more important than the title of Pastor or Prophet or Apostle or Evangelist is the ministry of lifting people.
People don’t care what your title or position is, what people want to know is: Do you care enough to take a little time and bend down and give them a lift.
At one time or another every one needs encouragement, kings and queens, governors and presidents, Pastors, Sunday school teachers, Even apostles and prophets, need encouragement from time to time.
You may never be an Apostle, you may never go to a third world country and preach the gospel, you may never stand in the office of the prophet or pastor or evangelist, but you can be a people lifter.
Ecc 4:9-10 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.
10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
I came to this house tonight, to lift you up, to tell you ( You can make it, to tell you You can do it, to tell you never give up, don’t quit, keep on believing, keep on confessing, keep on praying, keep on praising, ( I came to tell you that your best days are ahead, ) God is not a man that he should lie or the son of man that he should repent, if he said it he’s gonna do it and if he spoke it he’s gonna make it good.
I came to lift your head up, to change your perspective:
Ps 121:1 David said. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
Tell your your neighbor: Things are looking up
Heb 12:12 Heb 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;
Lift up the hands which hang down. As if from weariness and exhaustion. The hands fall by the side when we are exhausted with toil, or worn down by disease.
And the feeble knees. The knees also become enfeebled by long effort, and tremble as if their strength were gone. Courage and resolution may do much, however, to make them firm, and it is to this that the apostle exhorts those to whom he wrote. The hope of victory will do much to strengthen one almost exhausted in battle; the desire to reach home invigorates the frame of the weary traveller. So it is with the Christian. In persecution and sickness and bereavement, he may be ready to sink under his burdens. The hands fall, and the knees tremble, and the heart sinks within us. But confidence in God, and the hope of heaven, and the assurance that all this is for our good, will reinvigorate the enfeebled frame, and enable us to bear what we once supposed would crush us to the dust. A courageous mind braces a feeble body, and hope makes it fresh for new conflicts.