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A Lesson for today from Saint Paulinus

A Faithful Servant: Wherever You Lead Me, I Will Follow

If you study the Scriptures there are some remarkable stories, but each of these stories is actually one of an everyday person simply saying to God: "Wherever you lead me, I will follow". Abraham, the patriarch of Israel, was nobody really until God said to him, "leave your home and family and go to a place I will show you." And he went. David was a shepherd, the humblest job in Israel, until God called him to be His nation's king. David walked with God. When a young girl named Mary was visited by an angel and told that God had chosen her to bear His Son, she replied: "May it be to me as you have said." And those words transformed her life.

But, becoming great is not about doing great things, becoming great is about being faithful, and sometimes that greatness actually involves staying where you are.

I remember an old miner named Colin Markham telling me how he had become a Christian while he was down a mine. The mining industry is not necessarily one of the easiest mission fields. In those harsh conditions men consider themselves men, and for many, religion is either a crutch for the weak to lean on, or something to be called on when necessary: baptisms, weddings and funerals. Colin's friend however was different. He was a Christian and he didn't mind who knew. At meal breaks down the mine he would read his Bible and speak to anyone who would listen about Jesus but, perhaps most importantly, he lived out his openly professed faith. This integrated life impressed Colin and, when his friend spoke to him about Jesus one day, Colin said he could not help saying "yes" to Jesus. In a world of often hard people, Colin was one of the gentlest people I have known.

But, here is the crux of the story. Shortly after speaking to Colin about Jesus, his friend was killed in an underground explosion. Mines are very dangerous places, and often the only way to identify who has died is by comparing the tally of who has gone underground that day, and who has returned safely to the surface. This was not the case with Colin's friend however: the Accident Investigators knew exactly where he had been because that part if the mine was full of the scattered pages from his Bible.

God has a plan for each of us. For some it may be to travel to different places to minister for Him, for others that ministry might be just where we are. In both cases, all God asks is that we are faithful to Him.

Please Read:
Genesis 12: 1-6
Luke 1: 26-38
Mark 5: 1-20
How is God calling you to follow Him, and to tell others of what He has done for you?

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