“So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us – one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.” Acts 1:21, 22
There is great value in faithfulness. When the disciples decided to replace Judas, after Christ’s ascension, they looked for people who had been faithful. That was the first requirement. The replacement for Judas had to be someone who had been with them from the beginning and remained faithful to Jesus through this time. It is interesting that the primary criterion did not seem to be leadership skills, charismatic gifts, or strength of personality. They looked for someone who had been loyal and committed.
Faithfulness is an important character trait. It enables us to apply ourselves to particular goals. The Christian theologian Augustine put it this way: “By faithfulness we are collected and wound up into unity within ourselves, whereas we had been scattered abroad in multiplicity.” To be faithful is to commit ourselves to worthy goals, then follow through. This character trait not only helps us accomplish things in the world, it gives our lives focus and us gather our energies into meaningful pursuits.
Faithfulness may seem boring. Perhaps we would rather shine brightly, even if we burn out quickly. Perhaps we want the excitement of great adventures. Some people are “adrenaline junkies” who seek one high after another. In comparison, simply being faithful may not hold much appeal.
But faithfulness does not need to be boring. When we patiently fulfill our responsibilities, we lay a deep foundation for our lives. And even simple tasks can be full of joy. When we use our gifts, it brings satisfaction to our spirits. If we are ever going to accomplish anything significant, it will require concentrated attention over a period of time.
Helen Keller once said, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.” We can all do something. It may seem small. But because it is small does not make it unimportant. Let us do what we can and be faithful. There is great value in doing so!
With Warm Regards,