On my first trip to Zimbabwe back in the 1980’s, I read the following affirmation for the first time. It was framed and hanging on the wall of a pastor friend. Although I did not know it then, I would run into it again and again over the years as the Lord would remind me of what passion for Him looks like in words.
Recently I learned that even though it is often just attributed to an “unknown author,” the most recent information I read suggested that it was penned by a young African pastor and was discovered in his papers after he was martyred for his faith. No, I cannot confirm that to be true but it lines up with the resolve articulated here in such a moving way.
Before the Lord’s Supper at Providence on Sunday, I invited the congregation to read these words together as an indication of our common commitment to Christ as we approached the table of the Lord together. Perhaps you have seen this several times. Perhaps this will be your first reading. Either way, let this affirmation be yours as you join your voice with others in 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!