“Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.” Acts 1:26
When the disciples left the Mount after Jesus ascended to heaven, they knew they had a mission to achieve; they had a ministry to carry out. They were also minus one, as Judas the betrayer needed to be replaced. After giving the decision over to God, they cast lots and Matthias became the 12th disciple.
Immediately prior to casting the lots, the disciples in prayer to God referred to their ministry as “apostolic” (verse 25). During worship at a recent visit to a local church, the pastor referred to their ministry as “apostolic” and said that a ministry that was not apostolic was missing the point. In essence, an apostolic ministry is one that shares the Gospel with those who have not heard it or who do not believe – they tell the story of the resurrection to a world that is literally dying to hear it.
Without the Gospel, a person’s prospects for eternity are bleak – eternal damnation in complete separation from God. Through Jesus, God reconciles us to Himself; we look forward to eternity in His presence. We all know people who need to hear the Gospel. Are we prepared to share it when called upon to do so?
Ponder this: What is my apostolic ministry? How can I effectively carry this out in my daily world?
My prayer for today: Heavenly Father, I see a world around me that desperately needs You. How shall I respond? Clarify Your calling to me, whatever that is, and lead me to discern how You would have me carry it out. Let me be a blessing to all with whom I come into contact today. In Jesus’ name – AMEN.