There’s a saying, “When God closes one door, He will open another.”
I believe that. But my husband and I have been in the hallway waiting for another door to open for quite some time now. What do we do while we are waiting? One answer is found in the book of Acts.
A little background first. Jesus had ascended to heaven (Mark 16:19). The disciples were in Jerusalem. Jesus told appeared to them and told them to wait for the helper/advocate (Acts 1:4).
What were the disciples doing while they were waiting?
Matthias Chosen to Replace Judas
12 Then the apostles returned to Jerusalem from the hill called the Mount of Olives, a Sabbath day’s walk from the city. 13 When they arrived, they went upstairs to the room where they were staying. Those present were Peter, John, James and Andrew; Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew; James son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot, and Judas son of James. 14 They all joined together constantly in prayer, along with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brothers.
15 In those days Peter stood up among the believers (a group numbering about a hundred and twenty) 16 and said, “Brothers and sisters, the Scripture had to be fulfilled in which the Holy Spirit spoke long ago through David concerning Judas, who served as guide for those who arrested Jesus. 17 He was one of our number and shared in our ministry.”
18 (With the payment he received for his wickedness, Judas bought a field; there he fell headlong, his body burst open and all his intestines spilled out. 19 Everyone in Jerusalem heard about this, so they called that field in their language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.)
20 “For,” said Peter, “it is written in the Book of Psalms:
“‘May his place be deserted;
let there be no one to dwell in it,’ and,
“‘May another take his place of leadership.’
21 Therefore it is necessary to choose one of the men who have been with us the whole time the Lord Jesus was living among us, 22 beginning from John’s baptism to the time when Jesus was taken up from us. For one of these must become a witness with us of his resurrection.”
23 So they nominated two men: Joseph called Barsabbas (also known as Justus) and Matthias. 24 Then they prayed, “Lord, you know everyone’s heart. Show us which of these two you have chosen 25 to take over this apostolic ministry, which Judas left to go where he belongs.” 26 Then they cast lots, and the lot fell to Matthias; so he was added to the eleven apostles.
The selection of Matthias is significant. We must pass the torch on to the next believer to carry on the mission of the church. Matthias was one of the many men who also followed Christ from the beginning of His ministry (Acts 1:21–22). Matthias had been tutored by our Lord. He had grown up in faith, so to speak. It was time for Matthias to take a leadership position. We must pass the torch to succeeding generations.
Waiting does not mean we are idle. If you seem to be “stuck” you can still work for the Lord. There’s a lost world waiting for us to reach out to them. Use your gifts and talents while you wait upon the Lord.
Perhaps God is preparing you for a different door.
Walk In His Light,