Unremitting Joy – 48

In those days Peter stood up among the believers (together the crowd numbered about one hundred and twenty people) and said, ‘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—for he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.’
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.

Acts 1:15-17, 21-26

48 Drew lots

Poor Joseph called Barsabbas, also known as Justus, forever remembered as the one who wasn’t chosen.

For many are called, but few are chosen.

Matthew 22:14

Sometimes life can be that way.  God’s calling is there and we either miss it or others don’t hear its echo and the call appears not to be answered, yet.  Christian tradition has it that Barsabbas went on to become one of the early bishops so while not being chosen as the 13th disciple, he would appear he continued to listen to God’s call and was chosen for a different task.  Maybe a task for which he was better suited, a task in which his talents could be best used for God’s glory.  If the resurrection teaches us but one thing, it is that God will always find a way.  God’s call like answered prayer may be something different to what we expected, anticipated even presupposed, it is only when the call and the task match that the choosing happens.


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