A stance to ponder

April 10, 2007

I came across this sometime last year and at first I started to poo-poo it because it sounded so typically missionary-ish. (This coming from someone raised on the mission field.)  Since then I have stepped back and read the words for what they are.  It’s so easy (for me) to read or hear something and turn it into guilt (i.e. – they are trying to guilt me).  I have to make a conscience effort to be unbiased.  There are parts of what is written that speaks to my heart, parts that I wish I lived that strong, and parts that are a little too poetic/pretty for my liking(sensability).  All in all it’s a pretty powerful statement, no matter the topic.


I’m 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, life 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 banner will be clear!”

-Found among the papers of a young Zimbabwe pastor after he was martyred.


One comment

  1. Wow. Especially this – “I don’t have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded.”

    Spoke volumes! Thank you for posting it!

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