“I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have the Holy Spirit’s power. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made — I’m a disciple of his. I won’t look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. I’m finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals.”
“I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded. I now live by faith, lean in his presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and I labor with power.”
“My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifices, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.”
“I won’t give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ. I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go till he comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till he stops me. And, when he comes for his own, he will have no problem recognizing me … my banner will be clear.”
According to a blog by a guy called Dave MacAdam at New Life Community Church somewhere on earth, the statement above was reportedly found in the study of a young pastor who was martyred in Zimbabwe.
It will be found in my study too….. whether I’m martyred or not.
One Reply to “The Fellowship of the Unashamed”
Wow. Tears. What a powerful (and convicting) little paragraph. The last line really got me: “And, when he comes for his own, he will have no problem recognizing me … my banner will be clear.”
Holy Moly! I never considered that I could be denied by Jesus..and I don’t now..but is my banner clear? Completely recognizable? I don’t know…But I want it to be.