“Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands onSaul, he said, ‘Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit’” Acts 9:17, NKJV.
Steam trains in the 1800s and 1900s carried cargo and people in several cars one behind the other all across the country. The cargo cars were connected together by a small device called a linchpin. Withoutlinchpins connecting the cargo cars to each other and to the locomotive engine, nothing reached where it was supposed to go. It was very easy to appreciate the train for all the cargo it brought, but no one paid much attention to the linchpins because they were hardly seen.
Much like the linchpin, Ananias played a small, yet critical part in the life of the early church and the New Testament as a whole. Without Ananias being obedient to the Holy Spirit, Paul’s conversion experience wouldn’t be complete and all his writings would not have been accomplished. Can you imagine the lives that would’ve never been changed by Paul’s ministry if Ananias had not played his part?
God has given all of us a job to do and part to play in fulfilling His will. The question is can we be faithful to do our part, even if it’s as small as a linchpin? Scripture teaches us not to despise humble beginnings because He takes pleasure in the work being started. Just because you may be doing something that seems small and unnoticed, doesn’t mean that what you do isn’t of the utmost importance to the Father. No job or role that is done in obedience to God is ever insignificant, and He will honor your faithful commitment and obedience in His service.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for loving me and including me in Your divine plan. Lord, help me to understand the job You’ve given me so I can play my part in furthering Your will on the Earth, no matter how big or small. I praise You because You take pleasure in me doing whatYou’ve called me to do. Let Your will be done in my life and I ask it all in Jesus’ name, Amen!
Study: Zechariah 4:10 and Acts 9:1-18