Whenever Eims met them in the halls of the dormitories, he would stop and check up on their Bible study, Scripture memory, and Christian growth.
He soon became known as “Old Mr. Check-up.” Guys began avoiding him if they were lagging.
“I soon learned it was hard to help a person grow in Christ if he was avoiding me,” wrote Eims.
“So I changed and became known as ‘Mr. Encouragement.’
The more I encouraged, the more things changed. T
he new converts grew and we had great fellowship together.
They became faithful in their walk with the Lord.”1
Barnabas was the original “Mr. Encouragement.”
He was so generous, friendly, and uplifting, that the apostles changed his name from Joses to Mr. Encouragement.
May God help us all to bear that family name!
Encouragers see potential where others only see problems.
1LeRoy Eims, The Lost Art of Disciple Making (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1978), 71.
Ecclesiastes 10:1-Song of Solomon 2:17
By David Jeremiah.