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<< Tuesday, May 14, 2019 >> St. Matthias
 
Acts 1:15-17, 20-26
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Psalm 113:1-8 John 15:9-17
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ARE YOU CHOOSE-ABLE?

 
"They then drew lots between the two men." —Acts 1:26
 

Matthias was chosen as an apostle to replace Judas. Joseph Barsabbas was not chosen; he was passed over. Have you ever been passed over for a job promotion, turned down for a prettier girl or guy, or lost out to your sibling for a parent's attention? Now what do you do?

All we know about Joseph is the following:

  • Joseph followed Jesus wherever He went (Acts 1:21).
  • Joseph was faithful over the long haul. He stayed in the company of the disciples from beginning to end (Acts 1:22).
  • Joseph did not seek honors for himself; but was nominated by the others (Acts 1:23).
  • Joseph was a powerful, faithful disciple, worthy of being an apostle.
  • Joseph joined the leaders and Matthias in humbly seeking God's will (Acts 1:24).
  • Joseph was ready to serve God if he was chosen.

After Matthias was chosen, we hear no more about Joseph. However, it's likely that Joseph responded to being "un-chosen" by living the same faithful, committed life as always. Joseph may not have been chosen, but he was choose-able.

Like Joseph, we can be faithful slaves of God, "each of [us] doing only what the Lord assigned" us (1 Cor 3:5). Even if passed over for some position or favor, we are always "chosen and precious in the sight of God" (1 Pt 2:4, RNAB). Choose to stay faithful, thankful, and humble.

 
Prayer: Father, I am Your servant. Do with me as You will. I will serve you with gladness in whatever way You choose (Ps 100:2).
Promise: "He raises up the lowly from the dust; from the dunghill He lifts up the poor." —Ps 113:7
Praise: St. Matthias was the first of countless successors of the Apostles.
 
(This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
 
 
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