St.Columba back in the day
“The Irish Celts had an incredible zeal for spreading their faith in dangerous circumstances and with little resources. One account mentions men setting sail without oars in a small coracle with only enough food and water for seven days. On the seventh day they arrived on the coast of northern England and commenced their mission work. They literally threw themselves in faith upon the mercy of God.”
The wildness of the Celtic way of life compels me. Their radically reckless abandonment to God’s call challenges me to the core. They lived enslaved by love for God, creation and humanity. We read of how these small bands of men and women, scant on resources but loaded with fervour gave everything they had to the mystical and missional way of life we know something of today.
Later this year we will be sending out a couple of ‘raiding parties’ in the old Celtic fashion. These small groups will be setting sail in their little coracle (one of these actually) with nearly enough money and food, to a God-directed City to share the good news. The culmination of their aim will be to bring one or more people back to our houses to share an experience of our new society kingdom culture.
I imagine on these trips we’ll be sleeping rough, seeing a few miracles of provision, getting tired out but thoroughly blessed by the sense of brotherhood. All good manly stuff. I don’t know if I’ll be on one of these trips myself but I’m well excited.
I’ll hand over to Jesus for the final words of this post:
“These were his instructions: “Take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bread, no bag, no money in your belts. Wear sandals but not an extra shirt. Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town. And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, leave that place and shake the dust off your feet as a testimony against them.” They went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.”
Mark 6:8-13 (NIV)