Then they cast lots, and Matthias was selected to become an apostle with the other eleven. – Acts 1:26
Have you ever acted on a decision instead of waiting on the Lord to first give some guidance? I am convinced that this might be an error the eleven disciples made, as it is recorded in Acts, chapter one. Jesus final instructions to them (before He ascended) were that they needed to remain in Jerusalem and WAIT for Him to send that which the Lord had promised (the Holy Spirit). According to Luke’s account, they did indeed stay in Jerusalem, they didn’t exactly wait.
Who chose the original twelve disciples? Jesus did; therefore, who should have chosen the replacement for Judas? Was it also not Jesus? The decision to replace Judas was made by the Eleven BEFORE the Holy Spirit arrived. Shouldn’t they at least have waited until after that event? While it doesn’t appear that any damage was done by their decision to add Matthias to their number, I believe that later on Jesus chose His own twelfth apostle … and that apostle’s name was Saul of Tarsus. Of course, you may disagree.
Wait upon the Lord. While it may not always be easy (don’t I know THAT is true), it is always right, best, and wise.
All men commend patience, although few are willing to practice it. – Thomas à Kempis
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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