Fickle! According to one dictionary the word means “indecisive or changeable.” It conjures up the idea of being unreliable or inconsistent. Unstable is another good way of describing a person who is fickle. And there are many professing Christians in that category. One day they show great gusto for the work of God, but the next day the gusto is gone and has been replaced with lethargy and laziness.
In Acts 2:42 the picture is different. The new converts—those who had been saved on the day of Pentecost—continued steadfastly in the things of God. That’s a tremendous little statement. Note the exact words: “They continued steadfastly.” This is a very interesting Greek term which means “to give unremitting care to; to adhere to or be devoted to.” It carries the idea of persevering and not fainting, and when it appears in Acts 2 the message is that there was a steady continuance in the things of God. This is the kind of Christian steadiness that we need. I’m always impressed by the indomitable spirit of the apostle Paul. Although he faced trials and troubles, he resolved to finish his ministry with joy. He was steadfast in his preaching, praying, and church planting.
Paul could never be described as a fickle Christian. He was immoveable and always abounding in the work of God. Instead of being fickle, let us pray to be faithful, firm, and fervent in all that we are and do for God.