Headlong towards sacrifice!

Headlong towards sacrifice!

The celebratory scene of Jesus riding a donkey into Jerusalem, to the applause of cheering crowds, captivates imaginations and inspires artists and songwriters. 

Yet to Jesus it was anything but celebratory. Jesus knew better than to entrust himself to human fickleness.

For Jesus this journey was a commitment to sacrifice. What the crowd saw as a humble hero entering their capital city was the Saviour of the world riding headlong towards sacrifice.

Deep within we know that people-pleasing rarely delivers what it promises though it’s more appealing than sacrifice. Following Jesus means serving sacrificially in preference to being swayed by the crowds.

“But Jesus would not entrust himself to them, for he knew all people.”

John 2:24

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St. Patrick’s Outreach

St. Patrick’s Day provides a wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel, so every year OM hosts a team of people who come to share about Jesus through evangelism, conversation, and prayer. This year, the team consisted of nine participants from two countries. The team had several days of training before they headed up to the location of this year’s outreach: Sligo. The outreach was in partnership with Spring to Life, which is a group of churches from Sligo who share the love of Jesus with their community. The outreach involved walking in the St. Patrick’s Day parade, participating in a community meal, sharing the gospel during late-night evangelism, interacting with young people at a youth night and a young adults’ night, having conversations in coffee shops, and doing prayer walks around Sligo. As the week progressed, many team members were able to see God at work in people’s lives.    
    As the team reflected on the week, many shared about how much they had come to love the country of Ireland and the people here, but how God had opened their eyes to how much these people need Him. One participant, Mary, shared these words about what God had taught her during the week: “[God] is love. He is sacrificial. He cares for the lost and broken. Everyone is broken and in need of a Saviour; everyone needs love.” 

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Little reward for a lot of effort?

Little reward for a lot of effort?

Serving others can sometimes seem like a lot of effort for little reward. The preparation you put into serving teens every week is unseen and often unappreciated. As you work away, behind the scenes, perhaps you wonder if it’s worth it or how long you can keep going. And yet Jesus’s words remind us that our heavenly Father sees it all and he will reward us. And knowing God’s generosity, it will seem like a lot of reward for little effort.

“Your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”     Matthew 6:4

“Father, thank you that you are fully aware of the unseen, sacrificial effort put into serving young people each week. Please continue to motivate us by your love and remind us that your promised reward will be no small thing.”

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