(March 8, 2023), Alan Higgins challenges us to be like Patrick – a radical disciple and missionary!
Next week, March 17, will be Saint Patrick’s Day celebration. Personally, I’ll be remembering what Ireland’s patron saint achieved in respect of discipleship and mission… and I share some thoughts here.
The main scriptures – familiar to many – that I have chosen for this article are Jeremiah 29:11 and Matthew 28:16-20 … scriptures, I believe, that must have been on Patrick’s heart.
What can we learn from them… and what do they tell us about Saint Patrick, the Irish legend?
1. Patrick’s life…
Exemplifies Jesus’ command to reach the lost. The gospels give us the following messages from the heartbeat of Jesus, not just Patrick, on the importance of fulfilling the great commission.
Matthew 28:16-20 is what Patrick set out to do in Ireland – to make disciples in this nation. His life and ministry teach us to be open to the call of God in our lives.
- His beginning in Ireland did not dictate his future, but drew him into a love relationship with Jesus.
- His relationship with Jesus helped him to overcome adverse circumstances in both his teen and later years.
- His ability to draw close to God and forgive had a dramatic impact on the Irish people.
- His willingness to follow God’s call makes him a hero of the faith.
Let’s learn from this man of God and ask ourselves a few questions. Such as: ‘Am I willing to draw closer to God in turbulent times? Am I willing and able to forgive those who have caused pain in my life? Am I willing to follow the call of God and even give my life to those who enslaved me?’
If you do, you too could become a hero of the faith just like Patrick!(more…)