Happy St. Patrick’s Day to ALL! I wish everyone a joyous, festive, and safe day. I also would encourage those celebrating to recognize that St. Patrick’s Day is more than just celebrating a national heritage; it is the celebration of the spreading of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the hope of eternal life that was brought to the people of Ireland. Below I am sharing an excerpt from David Jeremiah’s book “Upward Call”, that I hope you will find as informative and inspirational as I did. Erin Go Bragh!
“Always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” – 2 Corinthians 4:10
Today is the day that the patron saint of Ireland Saint Patrick is honored. A native of Britain, he was captured in the late fourth century A.D. by Irish pirates at the age of sixteen and enslaved for six years in Ireland. During that time he committed himself to Christianity. He escaped and returned to his family in Britain where a few years later, he had a vision of the Irish calling him to return and minister to them.
Rather than resenting his years as a slave to the Irish, Patrick used the time as a shepherd to contemplate what it meant to know Christ, what it meant to know God’s forgiveness. He left Britain as an unconverted teenager but returned as a believer in Christ. Without those six years of suffering, who knows how different Patrick’s life may have been. And who knows how many Irish might have never heard the Gospel through Patrick’s ministry in Ireland in the 5th century?
Times of trouble in life, be they brief or extended, require a change in perspective. Instead of asking, “Why is this happening to me?” we must ask, “What is God doing in my life? What does He want me to learn in this situation?” “ -David Jeremiah from Upward Call