Hands on

“While they were worshipping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, ‘Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them’ Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off” (Acts 13:2). As I read and re-read this passage I am drawn to the beautiful themes of being “set apart” and “called.” To those of us who have shared a similar experience with Barnabas and Saul, these are beautiful words. I can hardly read them without tears in my eyes. But I want to comment on something else here. I love that the “calling and sending” of Saul and Barnabas is in the context of worship. They are worshipping and fasting. They are fasting and praying. And in the middle of all of that worshipping, God is calling and the church is sending. What a beautiful picture of worship. (And by the way, did you notice the contrast between the worshipful “laid their hands on them” here versus “King Herod laid violent hands on some who belonged to the church” in 12:1?)

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