Dawn and I are currently in Ireland visiting Dublin, Ireland, and the ministry here among university students. Did you know that the famous Irish saint – Patrick – was actually from Roman Britain? He came first to Ireland as a slave, then escaped and made his way home. After receiving a vision from heaven, he returned to Ireland, to the land of his slavery, as the first Christian missionary to the wild and pagan Irish. In fact, Patrick was the first missionary outside the bounds of the Roman empire. So, Saint Patrick’s Day is more than a celebration of green beer and all things Irish, but a great reminder of what God can do with a former slave who chose to follow Him to the farthest western place on the map at that time.
Ponder this thought from Theodore Roosevelt as you consider the challenges before you today…
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
Excerpt from the speech “Citizenship In A Republic” delivered at the Sorbonne, in Paris, France on April 23, 1910.
What were the last instructions Jesus chose to give to his disciples? What was so important that Jesus wanted to emphasize it at the very end of his time on earth? What would you have chosen to say?
Jesus said to “Go and make disciples of all nations…” If this message was so important that Jesus would choose to make it his last words to his friends and followers, then how important should it be to us today?
I’m thinking…very important…or profoundly important…or change your plans important…or give a week or a month or a year or several years of your life important…or give your money important…however you think about it, it’s life-changing important.