Forward Today: What Matthias Teaches Us

In this week’s edition of our weekly newsletter from Scott Gunn and the Forward Movement team, Scott looks at the lessons we can all learn from St. Matthias, a man who was put into a new role he couldn’t have anticipated.

Dear friends in Christ,

Today the church celebrates the Feast of St. Matthias. We know little about him, except for the fact that he was selected to take Judas’ place among the Twelve Apostles. We can only imagine what preparation in his life might have led to that moment. Surely, God’s grace was involved. And I think it’s an equally sure bet Matthias wondered what he had gotten himself into.

That’s how it is, isn’t it? Sometimes we are thrust into work that we did not expect and did not request. Yet we are needed. Perhaps it is our family who needs us, or maybe it is our workplace. For many thousands of people, it is the demands of national duty. For us Christians, we should not be surprised to learn that sometimes our church needs us. Well, really, it is Jesus who wants to use us through his church.

We might not be prepared for these moments, and we might not feel ready for the work. But if God is calling us to do something, that very same God will also equip us with everything we need to do it. What are you called to do today?

Yours faithfully,

Scott Gunn
Executive Director

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