St John & St Mark Church, Bury

Message For The Month

   March 2018:

Why am I writing this?

Really; why am I writing this? It’s a thought that hits me every time I have to put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard.)

Being of a scientific background there has to be a reason for what you write – no flannel – no waffle – in fact at Poly (now Manchester Metropolitan University) we were penalised if we wrote too much – you had to be able to be concise and factual.

So, why am I writing this?                                                                                                   

It’s my turn – true.                                                                                                     

I have something to say? – often – but about what? And why?                    

We’re back to that why again!

Because I’m part of the Ministry team – true – but why?

Because Jesus gave me a poke in the back and didn’t give up on me.

Like many of us I can suffer from inertia! 

Back in the late 70’s I’d “found” Jesus, (He wasn’t really lost – just lurking in the background) thanks to a lot of things going on then in the Renewal/Revival scene. I’d known all about Him all my life through School and Sunday School, but this was different, it was as if the Gospels and Acts were alive and I wanted a part of it. It was there- the world I wanted for my family.

It was the ‘what’ – what Jesus did for others that struck me – healing – helping – standing up for the poor and oppressed and against the authorities that made it so hard to escape from that oppression of poverty and low position, the dispossessed etc.etc. - even to dying on a cross – falsely accused.

The ‘why’ struck me like a thunderbolt, - because he loved me unconditionally. Not because I’d done anything good or special, there were no strings attached. Just the ‘amazing grace’ that John Newton wrote about in that famous hymn.

So why am I telling you this? – because 23/4 years ago Jesus gave me another poke in the back and I started Reader training, (still working full time and with two dependent children) - somewhat younger than I am now!!

Jesus still pokes me in the back and there is always a ‘why.’

The thing is - is Jesus poking you in the back and ‘why?’ Nobody is too young or too old to be prodded to action by Jesus. Why respond? – because, if you don’t you might regret it! And would you really want your life to be filled with ‘what if’ and regret.

So again ‘why’ write this letter? There is so much to be done to bring God’s Kingdom about on earth that we all need encouragement to step out from our inertia.

Is Jesus calling you to ministry? It’s not just for the ordained but for each one of us. Consider this over the next month till Easter.

Blessings in Jesus name,