Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, “Friends, the scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit through David foretold concerning Judas, who became a guide for those who arrested Jesus— for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 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 must become a witness with us to his resurrection.” So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.
Food for Thought:
When I read this passage, I think about how difficult it must have been to be one of the first followers of Jesus. The disciples were called to leave everything they loved, everything that was familiar to them to follow this guy named Jesus. This must have been a very difficult call to answer. When I think of my own call to ministry, it involved a great deal of wrestling. A great deal of me whining to God, I don’t want to do this; this is not going to be easy. But then when I finally relented, it was the best thing that I have ever done with my life. When have you felt God calling you to do something? How did you respond? Did you whine and pitch a fit or did you go willingly?
Faithful God, guide us in the path of discipleship, so that as you have blessed us, we may be a blessing for others, bringing the promise of the kingdom near by our words and deeds. In your holy name we pray, Amen.