Prayer: O God, let your Word touch my heart and my soul with a fire for your kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
…one of these must become a witness with us to his resurrection. (v. 22)
After the hurricanes, many people turned out to volunteer and help others recover. In today’s devotion, our devotion writer tells of how after a tornado in Missouri, many of the youth in her church were organized to go to the damaged community and help in any way they could, provide relief to those affected.
In today’s text, Matthias is called not just by the casting of lots, but by Jesus’ invitation to follow Him. So, we have been called too. Called to be disciples we are called to action and to serve. If we follow the call, it takes over our lives and moves our spirits to do Jesus’ work in the world. Our devotion writer explains; “The call comes in varied ways and voices, bu the mandate is the same. Thanks to Jesus’ disciples such as Matthias…we know what we are called to do: become witnesses to Jesus’ resurrection.”
Prayer: “Renewing God, continue to call us into the world to love and serve all who are in need. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred twenty persons) and said, 16 “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— 17 for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” 18 (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. 19 This became known to all the residents of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their language Hakeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) 20 “For it is written in the book of Psalms,
‘Let his homestead become desolate, and let there be no one to live in it’;
‘Let another take his position of overseer.’
21 So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, 22 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.” 23 So they proposed two, Joseph called Barsabbas, who was also known as Justus, and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed and said, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen 25 to take the place in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas turned aside to go to his own place.” 26 And they cast lots for them, and the lot fell on Matthias; and he was added to the eleven apostles.