“For it is written in the Book of Psalms: ‘Let his dwelling place be desolate, And let no one live in it’; and, ‘Let another take his office.’
Acts 1:20 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
Acts 1:20 (NIV) — 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.’
Acts 1:20 (NLT) — 20 Peter continued, “This was written in the book of Psalms, where it says, ‘Let his home become desolate, with no one living in it.’ It also says, ‘Let someone else take his position.’
Acts 1:20 (MSG) — It’s exactly what we find written in the Psalms: Let his farm become haunted So no one can ever live there. “And also what was written later: Let someone else take over his post.
Thoughts Of Devotion:
The betrayal of Judas left an empty seat in leadership. As a result of his wickedness, there were consequences that affected the ministry, the mission of Jesus had to continue! There was a necessity of a substitute to fill the vacant position, a privileged position of apostle within the twelve. Although Judas had failed, there were still men that had remained faithful and would continue with the mission! Jesus took care of this when he was with them. In John 17:12 it tells us, “While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.”
The work needed leadership, in just a few days, the church was going to explode in growth and the Holy Spirit needed men that were consecrated for this divine purpose. The failure of a man and his betrayal could not hold back the mission of Jesus. A substitute was needed to fill the position of apostle, a pioneer of revival! In Acts 20:28 it tells us, “Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.” The flock was going to be great and there was going to be a need for people that would tend to the flock.
Sadly, in the church there will always be men and women that abandon their position and ministry. Those that maybe didn’t place a value on the spiritual things, but more on the earthly and materialistic things of this world. If it happened within the first disciples, it can surely happen today! In the church there will always be a need for replacements, those people that are willing to take the place that others might have abandoned. People who highly value the ministry and the mission of Jesus more than any other thing, are the kind of people being sought for today.
Thank God for replacements, God always blesses those that are willing to fill a space when others leave. When others don’t want to go the extra mile, they do it! When others don’t give, they are willing to give beyond what is required! People with this attitude are determined to accomplish their ministry, whatever it takes. This is what Colossians 4:7 encourages us to do, “And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.” Let us pray this morning that we wouldn’t leave vacant positions, but on the contrary, we will fill spaces in the church and in that way fulfill the ministry we have received from the Lord.
Luke 10:1-2 (NKJV) — 10 After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. 2 Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
John 15:27 (NKJV) —27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.
John 17:12 (NKJV) — 12 While I was with them in the world, I kept them in Your name. Those whom You gave Me I have kept; and none of them is lost except the son of perdition, that the Scripture might be fulfilled.
Acts 9:28 (NKJV) —28 So he was with them at Jerusalem, coming in and going out.
Acts 20:28 (NKJV) — 28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
Colossians 4:17 (NKJV) — 17 And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”
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