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Becoming a Balcony Person

Author: Chaplain, COL Scott McChrystal, USA (Ret.)

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“When he [Saul] came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus.”  (Acts 9:26-27, NIV)

One of the most effective ways to enhance your relationships with people is to become a balcony person, someone in the balcony who shouts words of encouragement to others to spur them on to be what God intends.

Even though Paul was preaching and teaching the Christian message effectively, the disciples in Jerusalem questioned his credibility. They vividly remembered how Paul, then called Saul, had persecuted Christians. But along came Barnabas. This godly man risked his own reputation and commended Paul to the disciples as one who should be accepted into their ranks as a brother in Christ. His influence carried the day for Paul. Had this not occurred, Paul might never have become the great apostle and missionary who carried the gospel to the Gentile world.

What about you? Are you a balcony person? If not, why not?

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