Then they prayed, and said ‘Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which one of these two you have chosen...’ And the lot fell on Mathias. (Acts 1.24-26)
Mathias? This is the first and only time his name is mentioned. We hear a good deal about high profile Peter, James, John, Philip and others. But in the continuing story of the Acts of the Apostles Mathias is nowhere to be found. We know only that he had been a follower of Jesus throughout his ministry, and had seen the risen Lord for himself. He was clearly trusted by his fellows, and was God’s choice to fill the place left by Judas.
It’s good to be reminded that most of us, like Mathias, are not called to be Peters or Pauls or Billy Grahams, but to live out our faith with quiet integrity in our daily lives. This, too, is a powerful form of evangelism, of drawing people to God. Even the least known of God’s servants have their own unique ministry. Including us.