In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”Acts 9:10-12 NIV
“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.”
Ananias is not one of the notable characters in the Bible. All we know about him is this one single incident. God sent him to the blinded Saul to restore his sight. Ananias was initially reluctant to have anything to do with the notorious Saul. But he obeyed and found Saul, placed his hands on him, and saw his eyes open. And then he disappeared 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 on the kingdom of God as he did here?
Faithful in the Small Things
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 beginning of Paul’s ministry, and he was likely Paul’s first Christian teacher. And so, in a sense, Ananias participated 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 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.