Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus,
whom the apostles called Barnabas
You know him, but not by his real name. You know him by his nickname.
His real name was Joseph. His nickname was Barnabas. That’s the name the apostles hung on him: “Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement”) (Acts 4:36).
Barnabas never wrote a book or letter that appears in your Bible, but his encouragement launched the ministries of two men—Mark and Paul—who wrote half of your New Testament.
Nicknames have a meaning that’s related to something that defines the person. “Hey Red.” “How’s it goin’ Slim?” The apostles said, “This guy Joseph is such an encourager. Let’s call him Barnabas.”
If you were nicknamed for what best describes you, what would that name be?
Good example can’t be delegated.