Daily Devotion – May 13, 2018

Acts 1:21–26

So one of the men who have accompanied us throughout 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.

Reflection by Janet Derby

The disciples have started to move forward. They understand it is important to fill the void left by Judas, so after praying, they choose Matthias. Personally, I would have recruited them both, but they wanted to stay with twelve. We don’t hear any more about Matthias after he is chosen, but I am sure he went about his ministry quietly and faithfully. (A good candidate for a Dr. of Friendship award!) We are all called to share the good news with others in varying ways. Today at Pilgrimage, we celebrate Christian Education Sunday, and thank our volunteers who help make us all, from the youngest to the oldest, better disciples of Christ. While it is the end of the traditional Sunday school year, Christian education does not stop during the summer. There are many opportunities for this ministry, from helping in the nursery, to Children’s time in Worship, Little Lambs, and Vacation Bible School. Is God calling you, like Matthias to apostleship?


Spirit of God,
Thank you for all who have taught us about your love and the good news of salvation. Help us to find ways to go make a difference to others in whatever way we are called. Amen.

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