“Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means Son of Encouragement), sold a field he owned and brought the money and put it at the apostles’ feet” (Acts 4:36-37, NIV).
Reputation and legacy go hand in hand. As an Executive Coach, I counsel my clients to be very purposeful and intentional about who they are and what they do. To help them understand this, I start by asking them about their reputation. I explain that we all have them—that we create them every day by the things we say and do. A simple way to discover your reputation is to ask others who you are to them. For many people, this is a new way of thinking about themselves. I then introduce the subject of legacy and explain that legacy is the end-product of your reputation after you are gone — what you leave behind. When I read the verse above, I am moved by the name or reputation “Son of Encouragement” that Joseph (Barnabas) created and the legacy, the powerful discipleship of Paul, and the thriving startup churches he and Paul planted. I am especially moved by the fact that several years ago, a dear Brother in Christ labeled me a modern-day Barnabas and that others have spoken of me in this way and confirmed my reputation as a man who encourages and teaches, who offers comfort and support. What is your reputation? Ask God to reveal His name for you and start living it out. As a Mighty Man or Awesome Woman of God, I encourage you to commit today to leave a lasting legacy that honors and glorifies God.
Lord, thank you for the eternal legacy of your Son Jesus Christ. Father, thank you for showing me the importance of reputation and legacy. Father, teach me to live each day as a son or daughter of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings. Father, may the Spirit of Jesus rest in me and fill me with love and compassion for others. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.