So lately, we've been on that "rollercoaster" of life again. Weeee!! So many things, but I'll try to catch you up on a few. I don't think I've given you an update lately on our ministry plans. As you might know, our time here in Blue Earth is coming to an end in about three months. It's been a great interim ministry for us and we've been so blessed by this church family! We've seen so much growth and passion to be a "light" in the community. They are on a great path going forward and have just started the committee to call their next pastor. As for us, God has really shown us our gifting and passion for this type of ministry, one that helps churches to get a new start. With that said, we've been waiting on Him, in His perfect timing, to guide us to our next place. We've been out to Arizona, which you might remember, and that process is still "in the works." It hasn't been a "usual" process, to say the least! We feel that the church is in need of the Fresh Start ministry and we are scheduled to go out for another visit in April to sit down and get more acquainted with the families there.
I love this devotion today! The history of St. Patrick. What a legacy he left with his love and compassion for the very people who kidnapped him and took him from his home country. Have a WONDERFUL WEDNESDAY ladies!
"The Legacy of St. Patrick
CBN Ministries, Cathy Irvin
If you read the story of St. Patrick, you will find that at age 16 he was kidnapped and taken to a land he did not know - Ireland. Now he could have been angry, despondent and eventually given in to defeat; but Patrick did not do this. He became an overcomer as he persevered in his trials and tribulations.
He was taken and told to tend the sheep. It was there that he prayed, grew in his faith, and walked in love. What do we do when we find ourselves in captivity? We can stay in it or choose the latter.
The history of St. Patrick goes on to tell us that he did get away on a ship to return once again to his homeland, but he was different then. He had found Christ in Ireland through his prayers. Later, he heard the voice of God to return to the very place of evil where he was held captive. Patrick went on to become a Bishop. While he was living in Ireland he taught about the Trinity by using the three-leaf clover.
There is a lost and dying world wherever we are planted. Do we hear the call of their captivity? Can we enter that place of darkness from which we too were once enslaved? Can we hear the lost crying out for help?
We are not all called to be in the five-fold ministry or to be a missionary to a foreign land, but we are all called to be witnesses and to evangelize. The Lord puts people in our paths every day if we are looking, or we can pray and ask Him to place someone in our sphere of influence.
I may like to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day, but more than that I want to know the history of why we celebrate this holiday. This man was a hero; he changed a nation. He lived out his faith. He had a message; and like Patrick, maybe we can tell his testimony to our family and friends and spark a new meaning in that holiday for them.
If we think about it, most of us would either be angry or depressed if we found ourselves having been kidnapped and never knowing if we would see our loved ones again. Patrick, even though he was a teenager when he was captured, had allowed Christ to change his heart so completely, that he felt compassion for the people who made him a slave. Once he had gotten away from them, he could have stayed away, but God had a different plan for him.
Obedience is better than sacrifice, the Bible says in 1 Samuel 15:22 (NLT):
"But Samuel replied, 'What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.'"
Patrick heard the call and he knew these people were without hope. Freedom in Christ means we find our place of ministry and pass on the good news to someone whether young or old.
St. Patrick ministered in Ireland for 29 years, baptized over 100,000 people and built 300 churches. If we can get it in our minds that we can be world-changers too, by ministering to others, either bringing them to the Lord or helping others grow in their faith, then we will also have a legacy to pass on.
"So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ." Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV)