Bible Reading: Acts 1:15-26; Ephesians 2:1-10

Have you ever felt unqualified for something?  Maybe you were offered a new position at work you weren’t confident in taking, or perhaps you were selected to lead a group or project, and you did not think you had what it takes.  Can you imagine being recruited to be the apostle to replace Judas?  This is the task said before the man, Matthias.  He is selected by God to be the twelfth apostle right as the Church is about to explode to over three thousand members.  Matthias would be one of foundational pillars that would help the Church grow and establish itself.  How would you feel being offered this position?

Once we read what the qualifications for this position were, we have more confidence in Matthias since he fulfilled them.  The new apostle must have been, “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.” (Acts 1:21-22) Matthias had seen and experienced the life and ministry of Jesus, so he had on-the-job experience. But there is also a very special fact in Acts 1:15-26 that must have greatly encouraged Matthias.  It comes in verses 24-25: 

“And they prayed and said, ‘You, Lord, who know the hearts of all, show 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.’”

Did you hear that?!  Matthias was not chosen by the other apostles, but by God Himself.  The Lord looked at the heart of Matthias, and chose him to be His apostle.  There is an unexplainable confidence that you have when you are doing the work God has called you to.  We have all received training to be good at certain things, and this training happens throughout our life.  All of the things you have experienced throughout your life have been preparing you.  What have they been preparing you for?  All of your life experiences and circumstances have been preparing you for the good works God has prepared for you (Ephesians 2:10) 

Call to Action: Nothing in your life is meaningless.  Every single day of your life has a purpose.  Everything you have ever faced, done, or experienced, both the good and the bad, has been used by God to shape who you are.  Every day God is working on us and in us to make us more like Jesus.  You should be growing and maturing in the things of God more and more every day you live.  You do this out of love for God, and a deep desire to love and pursue Him more.  But you also do it in thankful service to God.  He has saved us from our sins, and now He plans to use us to spread the God News to the world.  This seems like a tall task, but God has chosen you and is with you.  Just as God called Matthias and equipped him for the work of being an apostle, so God will equip you for the work He has for you.  God has given you the abilities to bless others and bring them closer to Jesus Christ.  Do not waste your talents, but strive to serve God in every way.  You are not lacking.  God gives you all you need.  Rely on Him, and He will use you greatly in this world.

AuthorLarkin Sumerlin