Personal Mission Field/Demonstration
He knew the Laws from Old to New, he who knew no falsehood. His work poured out saints towards ladders for the City. He climbs to the depth for the sake of humanity. By longings he is stretched, he sold his eye's desire. A sound, austere sage of Christ: no fog of drink nor fog of delights - he avoided the fill of his mouth. He was holy, he was chaste, he was charitable, a famous stone in victory.
- Dallan Forgaill, Amra Choluimb Chille (Irish, 7th century)
Now there was in Joppa a disciple named Tabitha, which, translated, means Dorcas. She was full of good works and acts of charity...All the widows stood beside him weeping and showing tunics and other garments that Dorcas had made while she was with them.
- Acts 9.36, 39
Dallan Forgaill's representation of Columba reflects the way his contemporaries felt about him. They regarded him as the most remarkable person they'd ever met, the most brilliant, kind, wise, and courageous man of his generation. He worked hard to earn their respect, but he never let it go to his head. He was simply the best.
Dorcas was one of the greatest disciples in Joppa. She had given selflessly to care for the widows and other needy people, and, when she died, the community felt a great loss. Doubtless she, too, worked hard to become the kind of person who made a lasting impact on others. Her weeping friends thought she was the best, too.
What about us? Are you the finest Christian you know? Do you work hard at being a member of the Body of Christ, the very embodiment of Jesus to the people in your Personal Mission Field? Becoming an effective disciple doesn't just happen. First we must long for it - we must be stretched with such longings, as Columba was. But then we must work at it, as Dorcas did, exercising her gifts in tender care for others by making beautiful garments and other things.
Every Christian should have as his or her goal to be the absolutely best person in his Personal Mission Field - best in wisdom, best in the fruit of the Spirit, best in love, best in witness, best in the use of God-given talents and abilities, best at making the most of every opportunity for the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. If you're not going to strive to be the best, then at least admit it: "I'm content to be mediocre, or maybe a little better."
But what if Jesus had taken that approach to the cross? "Maybe I'll let them beat Me up, but I'm not hanging there for anyone." Jesus was the best at everything; He wants the best for every one of His followers. He calls us to be the best in His name that we can possibly be.
Can you identify one or two areas where you can improve at being the best for Jesus? Do so right away, then get after them, like Dorcas and Columba - and like Jesus. Don't wait any longer.
Be the best!
Today at The Fellowship of Ailbe
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