And they proposed two: Joseph called Barsabas, who was surnamed Justus, and Matthias. And they prayed and said, “You, O Lord, who know the hearts of all, show which of these two You have chosen to take part in this ministry and apostleship from which Judas by transgression fell, that he might go to his own place.” And they cast their lots, and the lot fell on Matthias. And he was numbered with the eleven apostles. – Acts 1:23–26
All we know of Matthias is recorded in four verses. He took Judas’ place as an apostle. Others were named apostles after him (e.g., Paul, Barnabas, Andronicus, and Junias). Tradition says he preached in Judea and was stoned to death by the Jews.
I’d rather be in Matthias’ place than Judas’ place. Both met with brutal finishes in this life. Both were privileged to follow Jesus from baptism to ascension. But one is a child of perdition while the other is in Heaven with the Lord. Stability and joy are results of a clear conscience, the approval of God, and the esteem of His children.
Judas gave these up for silver and went to his own place. Every man has a place in eternity. Jesus said that many dwelling places are in His Father’s house. Matthias has a place there. He’s enjoying it now. Where’s your place?