Am I worthy

Am I worthy
Teenager working on a Vacation Bible School craft in Central Asia

Acts 1:12-17, 21-26

The lot fell to Matthias and thereafter he was considered equally an apostle with the eleven. -Acts 1:26

As the vote was being decided prayerfully Matthias was anxious and questioning, “Who? Me? Am I worthy?”

Yes, he was. Postbiblical lore says he preached in the “land of the cannibals” (National Geographic, March 2012). Later he was stoned to death.

Remember Jonah? “Who? Me? I am not going to Nineveh!” In fact, he turned and went another direction. Circumstance and God’s intervention changed his mind. He did go to Nineveh and preached salvation.

When the angel appeared to Mary and told her she was to bear a son, she said “Who? Me? I have known no man.” The angel explained further that the child would be the Son of God. Mary gave herself over to the angel. Mary gave herself over to God’s will.

Joseph in his worry and love for Mary would say in his hearth, “Who? Me? How can I teach God about God?” We know that he was a faithful husband and earthly father to Jesus.

When we are asked by our peers to appear before a group to pray, witness or serve on a committee we often say “Who? Me?” When chosen by our peers we need to prayerfully consider our responsibility to God, to them, and to ourselves. “Who? Me?” brings with it a convicting spirit of service.

Prayer: Most gracious, generous and forgiving God, as Jonah, Matthias, Mary and Joseph asked themselves, “Who? Me?” we also ask “Who? Me?” when we are afraid of the unknown or unsure of ourselves. In your great love, mercy and patience grant us the ears to hear your voice, the eyes to see the needs of others, the hands to serve and the feet to walk in Your way. May our words be “Who? Me? Yes! Me! Amen.”

Merle Bishop, Pathway to Spiritual Enrichment, Rio Texas Conference United Methodist Women.

Posted or updated: 12/24/2016 11:00:00 PM

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