Acts 1: 26, Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
I don’t know about you, but I love being #2. You see, #2 usually gets to state her opinion, works right next to #1 but doesn’t carry the weight of her responsibilities, doesn’t have to make important decisions, her work is usually done behind closed curtains, and it usually consists of showing up and doing what she enjoys and is good at.
I’m the happiest when I get to be #2!
Matthias was one of those obscure #2-types who ended up working along the big wigs of the New Testament. Little is said about him besides his peculiar name, but much can be inferred about his character from the important role he got to play as part of “The Twelve”.
In the first chapter of the Book of the Acts of the Apostles, we see that one of the first steps taken by this elite group after the Lord’s ascension back to Heaven was to find a replacement for Judas – the infamous man who betrayed Christ for a miserable bag of silver coins and whose guilt drove him to commit suicide.
The Apostle Peter indicated that Judas’ replacement should be a man who had been with them during the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry, so that this individual could “become a witness with [them] of Jesus’ resurrection.” (v.22)
I love it that the one requirement that is mentioned in Scripture is basically that this newest member of the Early Church’s Board of Directors was a person who knew Jesus.
So the account on Acts 1 proceeds with the nomination of two qualifying individuals: One named Joseph and then Matthias. After prayerfully considering which of the two should take over the apostolic ministry left behind by Judas Iscariot, the latter was selected.
Again, I don’t know about you, but I’m almost totally happy with obscurity (except when it comes to the microphone – oh, how I love to use that microphone to tell people about Jesus!) What I am NOT ok with is insignificance. I am very purposeful about the things I choose to do and what I focus my resources on, because I’m simply terrified of living a life that makes no difference and of not leaving behind a legacy my children can be proud of.
But reading about the Apostle Matthias is as reassuring as it is calming to my usually anxiety-ridden soul, because I realize I don’t have to be great to accomplish great things or to even figure among the great. All I really need is to know Jesus so intimately, His traits and character are reflected in me to the point others see a trustworthy individual who can be a witness of His resurrection power.