Paul and Barnabas preached the gospel in many cites, and they made many disciples. They strengthened the believers. They encouraged them to contnue in the faith, reminding them that we must suﬀer many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God (v. 22 NLT). They prayed and fasted, and chose elders for each church. Eventually, they sailed to Antoch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work which they had completed (v. 26). The believers at Antoch had entrusted Paul and Barnabas to the grace of God to do the work of God (Acts 13:3).
Grace is needed for the work of God. God will work on your heart so that you can do His work in an acceptable manner. It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure (Phil. 2:13). God gives you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.
When Barnabas and Paul parted ways, Paul chose Silas and departed, being commended by the brethren to the grace of God (Acts 15:40). Paul contnued his missionary work with Silas. Paul acknowledged that his call to the ministry was by grace. God called him though His grace (Gal. 1:15). James, Peter, and John perceived the grace that had been given to him, and they gave him and Barnabas the right hand of fellowship (Gal. 2:9). Paul was given grace to preach among the Gentles the unsearchable riches of Christ (Eph. 3:8). Paul appreciated how generous and gracious God was to him, in spite of his past life as a persecutor (1 Tim. 1:14). Like a good steward of the manifold grace of God, serve others with whatever gif you have received.
Prayer: Father, thank you for Your grace. Like a good steward of Your manifold grace, help me to serve others with the gif I have received; to strengthen believers around me and encourage them to contnue in the faith.
Confession: It is God who is at work in me, enabling me both to will and to work for His good pleasure. I do all things without murmuring and arguing, so that I may be blameless and innocent, a child of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and perverse generaton, in which I shine like a star.