Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey away. And when they had entered, they went up to the upper room, where they were staying, Peter and John and James and Andrew, Philip and Thomas, Bartholomew and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot and Judas the son of James. All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
In those days Peter stood up among the brothers (the company of persons was in all about 120) and said, “Brothers, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke beforehand by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus. For he was numbered among us and was allotted his share in this ministry.” (Now this man acquired a field with the reward of his wickedness, and falling headlong he burst open in the middle and all his bowels gushed out. And it became known to all the inhabitants of Jerusalem, so that the field was called in their own language Akeldama, that is, Field of Blood.) “For it is written in the Book of Psalms,
“‘May his camp become desolate,
and let there be no one to dwell in it’;
“‘Let another take his office.’
So one of the men who have accompanied us during all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, beginning from the baptism of John until the day when he was taken up from us—one of these men must become with us a witness to his resurrection.”
(Acts 1:12-22 ESV)
This passage seems to indicate that Peter was the one chosen by Jesus to be the leader of the disciples, and so we see him take his place (“In those days, Peter stood up among the believers.”). I want you to see how Peter led: He started with them all meeting together again; they also started to pray again; also they went back to Scripture and focused on Jesus; and lastly, they remembered His example. The proper type of leadership always starts with the basics. This is an absolutely essential ingredient. Before any person, or company, can start to be creative you must put the basics in place. Why is this so? Because the next step is evident when the focus is on the Lord and not on the situation. We like to focus on minor issues. Notice that I didn’t say Peter focused on the solution. Peter didn’t have it all worked out. I’m sure that the disciples must have been overwhelmed.
Most people think the leader can fix all the problems. I’m pretty sure the disciples were wondering what Peter was going to do about the persecution by the Jews? Were they going to start a political group or start their own army? Peter didn’t even say a word about all of the issues facing them. Instead, he put his focus on fellowship and worship, and praying together and studying Scripture to get the insight they needed to face what was happening right then. He was focusing on Jesus as The Pattern. So, what was their next step to be? It was to fill the empty spot of the 12th apostle. He found the Scripture for the current situation and acted upon it.
Now, many will probably say, wait a minute, what what about all the other problems they were facing? Really, all the other stuff doesn’t matter too much. The decision we need to look at was recorded for us almost 2,000 years ago. We can say that Peter listened to the Lord and he did first things first, and he dealt with the right problem at the right time. The same is true for us in our own lives. Difficulties can come at us fast and hard sometimes. These problems make us search for the answer. So, what do we do?
Do you have a hard decision you are facing today? Do you know what should you do about it? I think the answer is simple, we need to follow Peter’s example. And what was Peter’s example? It was Jesus. If you follow this model your next step will be very clear!
Until tomorrow, Lord willing,