Personal Mission Field
To heaven's King he was known,/towards each threat He lit his mind.../His brilliant flame - just in speech -/he was the spearcast, lies were slain.
- Beccan mac Luigdech, Fo Reir Choluimb (Irish, 7th century)
For I have bent Judah as my bow; I have made Ephraim its arrow. I will stir up your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece, and wield you like a warrior's sword.
- Zechariah 9.13
How we see ourselves as followers of Christ will affect every aspect of how we live for Him.
Beccan celebrated Colum Cille as a great warrior for the Lord, fighting with all his mind and by the revelation of God in Scripture against the lies of paganism widespread in his day. We think of Colum as the founder of the community on Iona, which he was. But he was also a great scholar and, even more important, a fervent evangelist and missionary.
At Iona he trained others to be as impassioned for the truth as he himself was and to proclaim it boldly against the superstitions and falsehoods they encountered in their journeys for the Lord. Like ancient Israel, Colum and his students were the weapons of righteousness in the hand of God to do battle against false worldviews.
Colum was the Lord's spearcast into a world of lies, and many victories of truth were the consistent result.
Is this how we see our lives? Do we understand that God considers us His bows, arrows, swords, and spears against the lies of materialism, sensuality, and relativism which are ravaging our culture and society?
It hardly seems likely, for most of us are not engaging the people in our Personal Mission Fields with the fervor and consistency of trained warriors.
But if not this, what then? What vision of the Christian life moves you? And what is the source of that vision, if not that which we see in Scripture and the glorious tradition of our forebears in Christ?
It matters how we think about our discipleship. Let's try hard to get it right, shall we?
Today at The Fellowship of Ailbe
ReVision - Here's a little something to talk with your unsaved friends about, an interesting bit of social science that might be a "head of the spear" conversation starter for you.
Windows on Glory - Don't forget to download your free copy of this brochure. It could help you grow in knowing the glory of the Lord more consistently.
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