Acts 1:15-17, 21-26
“Then they prayed and said, ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen ….'”
Drawing the Short Straw
(click on the title above to listen to the sermon)
When the disciples needed another guy to bring them back to 12, they cast lots (essentially flipped a coin) to determine who it would be. Kind of shocking right? The next disciple, chosen not by resume, not by talents, not by an interview, but by luck.
While it might seem pretty surprising, what is important to remember about this story isn’t how it happened, but that God’s plan wasn’t contingent on who was picked.
No matter what, God is at work in the world. In the grand scheme of things, how we got chosen doesn’t really matter. What matters is that we are a part of the team.
As Katie said in kid’s time – we’re on Team Jesus.
So now what? It’s easy to sit and wait and hope things get better, but God calls us to do more than wait. We are called AND sent. Sent into the world for God.
When Moses was making all sorts of arguments as to why he wasn’t the right guy for the job of leading the Israelites out of slavery – God asked him, “what’s in your hand?” For Moses, it was his shepherds staff. God wanted Moses to use what he already knew, what he already had, and use it for God.
The same is being asked of us today – what is in your hand? What might the world look like if we actually went out and loved people the way we have been loved by God?
Your name has been called, and you remain beloved if you stay safe and comfortable. But there is a lot of work to be done in the world still and if we don’t go out and show the love of Christ in the community around us, the love that we have already received – then who will?
You’ve been called. The lot was cast and your name was spoken. You’ve been sent into the world FOR God. Now what?
Questions to Ponder/Discuss
1. What’s in your hand? Where have you been gifted? What things are you already good at? Make a list. Right now (I’ll wait).
2. How can you use what you have already been given FOR God?
3. Now go do it!
Are you noticing a theme lately? ME TOO! That’s because this “going out” thing is easy to say but not so easy to do. It’s easy to sit and hear a sermon and feel convicted, but to hear it, be convicted and then go out and DO something is a lot harder.
So maybe have this week be the week you try it. Try signing up to serve somewhere. Try using your gifts to make the world better. Not because you want something in return but because you want to share what you have been given (life, hope, love) with others.
What might it look like for the Kingdom of God to show up in your neighborhood?