In ancient times, there was a city by the name of Pompeii which was located at the foot of the volcano Mount Vesuvius. On August 24, 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted and covered Pompeii with tons of volcanic ash. Centuries later, Pompeii was discovered and during excavation many fascinating things were revealed. It appeared that many of the citizens were literally frozen in time as they were buried alive by the ash.
It is not hard to imagine the fear the people must have felt that terrible day. One account records –
“You could hear women lamenting, children crying, men shouting. There were some so afraid of death that they prayed for death. Many raised their hands to the gods, and even more believed that there were no gods any longer and that this was one unending night for the world.” —Pliny the Younger, circa A.D. 97 to 109
For hours the ash fell and during that time many of the citizens tried to protect themselves by hiding in attics and cellars. Yet one citizen however, was not found hiding. A Roman sentinel, who had been stationed at the city gate, was found with his weapon still in his hand and standing at his post. While all the others were running for their lives, this Roman solider remained faithful to his duties.
With that in mind, consider this challenge from the Apostle Paul –
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV)
It’s impossible to overestimate the importance of always being faithful. The Bible say – “it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” (1 Corinthians 4:2) Even the most talented person in the world is of little value if they are not faithful in the performance of their duties.
Many believe that it took only a matter of minutes for the sulfurous fumes and intense heat to snuff out the life of people; yet in those final moments of life, each had to make a decision. Would they run or would they remain? The sentinel is a shining example of someone who chose to remain.
STEADFAST, IMMOVABLE, ALWAYS ABOUNDING IN THE WORK OF THE LORD – That’s the testimony each of us should seek to have!