To us Barnabas must always be a less memorable figure than Paul, but let us not forget that up to this time he had held a higher rank, and wielded a more authoritative influence. As a Levite, as a prophet, as one who for the needs of the community had cheerfully sacrificed his earthly goods, as one who enjoyed to a very high degree the confidence of the Apostles, Barnabas, in these early days, was enabled to lend to St. Paul’s conceptions a weight which they could hardly otherwise have won. It is only when the work has actually begun that Barnabas seems naturally to sink to a subordinate position. No sooner have they left Salamis than the very order of the names is altered. 
Not only did Paul take the lead, right after that he took a stoning in Lystra. When we read the words that Christ spoke:
Luke14.28 For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it
The cost were high for Paul. Not just Paul’s life, but in every important personage in the Bible that God used suffered.
When we say we want to finish strong, we must first learn to start strong. To start strong, we have to understand what we are asking for:
Speaking of Jesus Matt16.21 From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things from the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.
Speaking of Paul Acts9.16 For I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”
Speaking of each believer Rom8.17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Speaking of the Church 1Cor.12.26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.
 Farrar, F. W. (1879-80). Vol. 1: The Life and Work of St. Paul. (344–345). London; New York [etc.: Cassell, Petter, Galpin & co.
Published on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 @ 4:44 AM CDT