Being Faithful in the Small Things – Acts 9:10-12

In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.
The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” – Acts 9:10-12 NIV

Ananias is not one of the major characters in the Bible. All we know about him is this one single incident. God sends him to the blinded Saul to restore his sight. Ananias is initially reluctant to have anything to do with the notorious Saul, but does obey and greets Saul, placing his hands on him, and seeing his eyes opened. And then he disappears from the record. I do not question that God used Ananias before and after this event. But did he ever again have such an impact for the kingdom of God as he did here?

In the history of Christianity, Saul / Paul is a giant, while Ananias only has a bit part. But what an important part it was. God used Ananias at the very beginning of Paul’s ministry, and he was likely Paul’s first Christian teacher. And so, in a sense, Ananias participates in all that Paul went on to accomplish.

Most of us are not called to be a Paul. But we are called to be an Ananias. Be content to serve in the little ways that God calls you to. Don’t fall into the trap of believing that you have little to offer to the ministry of your church, or to the lives of those around you. Listen for God’s call, and be faithful to respond to him, no matter how insignificant it might appear to you. You may never know, at least in this life, the impact of your faithfulness.

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