Scripture Reading: Act 1:21-22 Wherefore of these men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection.
Reflections: 120 disciples had gathered in readiness for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. The need to replace the position of Judas arose. The challenge was exactly who to use. The Apostles agreed to start off by choosing from those whose membership dated back to the era of John the Baptist up to the departure of Christ. By this process they applied the principle of criteria setting. It led them to eventually appoint the right person into position. A criteria is a ‘standard by which something will be judged or decided’. It helps to put in a place a structured process that allows for decisions that support desired outcomes and actions to be made. In Acts 6:1-7, we see how again the Apostles utilized a criteria based system to help them select and appoint 7 deacons to resolve a food distribution controversy. Like the Apostles, you can trust the Holy Spirit to help you develop and use a set of criteria to guide you in making key decisions in life.
Prayer: Dear Lord, increase my capacity in the ability of using criteria setting in life.
Confession: I depend on the Holy Spirit to help me set criteria for decision making whenever there is the need.