Acts 11:22 When the church in Jerusalem got wind of this, they sent Barnabas to Antioch to check on things. (The Message Bible)
The “this” above was the fact that lots of people were becoming followers of Jesus in that city who were not Jewish. This was something new in the first century and the folks from the home headquarters in Jerusalem thought they better check it out. But whom to send? They chose Barnabas. Why? They don’t tell us exactly but we know that Barnabas was from that general area and that he was someone they trusted. He had a track record with the Jerusalem folks. When it comes to spiritual matters, like how to live out your faith in community, whom do you trust? It’s an important question but an even more important question is are you a person that someone would trust regarding spiritual matters? What are you doing this week that will build a track record of spiritual trustworthiness in the eyes of those around you? Can you become a Barnabas?