I wanted to share with you what I found to be a very powerful proclamation about authentic discipleship, a practical statement about what it means to seek Jesus.
The words alone inspire, but they are made even more compelling when one realizes that this statement was found among the personal papers of a young African pastor who was martyred by his tribe for refusing to renounce Christ.
The Fellowship of the Unashamed
“I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I’m a disciple of His and 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 done and finished with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don’t have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.
My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear.
I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus.
I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He’ll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear!”
What a wonderful statement of commitment to following Jesus Christ each and every day!
This might be something I refer to often, as both an acknowledgment of the young pastor’s sacrifice and a reminder that my life is not my own; that it belongs to Jesus and is to be used entirely for his purposes and not my selfish desires.
Are you in the fellowship of the unashamed? Do you want to join? It’s free but it ain’t easy!
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes (Rom 1:16)(ESV).