Thursday, March 17, 2011

ST PATRICK THE EVANGELIST

For this St Patrick's Day discover the amazing humbling, adventurous and miraculous circumstances God had brought Patriciaus through in order that he evangelize to the pagan 5th century Irish with the gospel of Jesus Christ, by reading his account in his own words. 

It is a fascinating autobiographical read which includes his experiences as one who spent 40 years going from place to place risking his life throughout pagan Ireland preaching the gospel, doing the work of an evangelist.

As much as I can't imagine what it would have been like to be a gospel harbinger in those days under such dismal conditions, I think I could imagine what he would think, say and do if he were able to see what the world does to "honor" his name every March 17, the anniversary of his death. Green beer and good luck, anybody?

Some exerpts from The 'Confessio' of St Patrick:


"Who am I Lord? Or, rather, what is my calling? That you appeared to me is no great a divine quality, so that today among the barbarians I might constantly exalt and magnify your name that I might imitate one of these whom the Lord already pre-ordained to be heralds of his gospel to witness to all people to the ends of the earth.


"Therefore, indeed, I cannot keep silent, so many favours and graces has the Lord deigned to bestow on me in Ireland. For after chastisement from God, and recognizing him, my way to repay him is to exalt him and confess his wonder before every nation under heaven.


"The Lord, prepared me so that today I should be what was once far from me, in order that I should be concerned for the salvation of others.


"I am greatly in his debt, because he granted me so much grace, that through me many people would be reborn in God."

Patrick wrote that 1,560 years ago.

It is an awesome thing to think that in our day, God is still calling His people and sending them out into the highways, bi-ways, streets and jungles as heralds of the gospel. He has not changed the means by which the Good News is to be spread. And He will continue to call laborers, everyday Christians, to preach the gospel, sending them out into His fields until the day King Jesus returns and the need for evangelism will be no more.

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