If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them still look down on me.
-St. Patrick of Ireland
When I teach the history of missions, I refer to St Patrick as our “Missionary Rock Star.” After all, he is the only missionary in history with a day named after him! If you want to learn more about Patrick, and other missionaries, I have developed a free online course just for you. (Receiving the Baton)
What is it worth?
I hate that question! Quite honestly, it is because I don’t usually know the answer. I would be an absolute failure on The Price is Right! I usually feel like I pay to much for anything, especially when negotiation is involved.
However, when I think about worth, the more haunting question is: “What is my worth to the mission of God?”
On the one hand, my life is priceless. It was purchased by the precious blood of Jesus. On the other hand, I wonder what the eternal worth of my life is. Paul told the Christians in Philippi that his presence with them was valuable because of his ministry of the gospel.
St Patrick reminds us of a similar reality. He knew that his worth was not anchored in the opinions of other. His worth was not based on the accumulations of wealth. Rather, his life’s worth was founded on his willingness to pursue the Great Commission of Jesus to make disciples of all nations and teach them to obey everything He commanded.
Our Great and Infinite Father, thank you for rescuing me from my sin and for redeeming me from the evil of this world. Use me as your instrument to teach the nations about your love and the hope they can find in you . . . .
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also contributes to SEBTS faculty blog www.betweenthetimes.com