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Saint Kevin

Large FishAn important principle the evangelist needs to master if he or she is to be successful is how to present a person with a decisive Christian Faith. A fanciful story is told of an Irish Republican saint in Glendalough, County Wicklow, by the name of Saint Coemgen (Anglicised as Kevin) (498-618). The poem called, "St Kevin and the Blackbird" by the Nobel prizewinner, Seamus Heaney (1939-2013) explained that Saint Kevin stood absolutely still while a blackbird came and built its nest, laid its eggs, hatched the eggs and fledged the chicks all in the palm of his outstretched hand. Not surprisingly, he was considered the patron saint of blackbirds! Some Christians are like Saint Kevin when it comes to witnessing. They stand absolutely still and never get moving to share their faith! At some point we all need to be decisive. C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) the British theologian and novelist wisely wrote, "We have the tendency to think, but not to act. We have the tendency to feel, but not to act. If we go on thinking and feeling without acting, we are soon unable to act."

Challenge Them

Bronze FishermanA "fisherman" or the plural noun "fishermen," and I use this word in its original sense of women, men, boys and girls, is defined as "a person who catches fish for a living or for sport." There is the treatyse of "fysshynge wyth an Angle" (or "Treatise of Fishing with an Angle") by Dame Juliana Berners, who was an English writer on "heraldry, hawking and hunting" published in 1496 AD as part of the "Book of St Albans." It seems clear that "angle" here means "hook." An "Angler" is defined as "a person who fishes with a hook and line." When a fisherman suddenly sees his float twitch as a fish takes the bait he or she must decisively jerk the rod to ensure that the hook is well-embedded. God has given us the privilege as his "Christian fishermen" of leading others to know Jesus as their own personal Lord and Savior. When a person is ready, we must take the step and challenge them with the Christian Faith. We owe them the opportunity to respond to God's love!

"Decisive Christian Faith"
by Ron Meacock © 1982-2018

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