DAY 134 OF 365 IN 2021
Acts 1:21 Therefore, it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us,
In recent times, job advertisements often do not contain information that can serve as grounds for lawsuits. However, when one person is to be chosen from a large group of people, there has to be some criteria for selection that is applied. Thus we may hear of criteria such as minimum age requirements, academic qualifications or years of experience. Even with submitted documents, minor technicalities like a wrong input of information can become grounds for disqualification.
Therefore, as we read about the selection of another disciple to take up the mantle of Judas Iscariot, we notice that none of the aforementioned criteria were of any importance. Perhaps the Apostles themselves had come to realise what was not taken into account when they were chosen, and that influenced their own selection process.
Thus, the only criteria they sought to apply was ‘FAITHFULNESS’. So our question: if this was the sole criterion for selection into any office or field of endeavour, will we make the cut?
Beloved, the apostles may have been an uneducated bunch of misfits, but under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, they recognized ‘faithfulness’ as a key feature for being added to their number. Fitting the ‘faithfulness criterion’ is a sign of commitment and trust because when one is faithful, they can be trusted with both little and great things.
Just as God saw Job faithful enough to be used as a standard of measure, Matthias was known to have remained with the party of Jesus the whole way- he had been faithful.
So my dear, let us also desire the level of faithfulness Matthias possessed, the kind that caused him to stay committed on his journey with Jesus right from the start.
You may tick a lot of boxes, but the faithfulness criteria is one tick that is demanded because faithfulness is recognised and rewarded.