The following quote is from an African Pastor who was overwhelmed by rebels that demanded that he renounce his faith, and he refused. The night before they took his life he wrote the following lines on a scrap of paper.
“I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit power. The dye has been cast and I’ve stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am 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 and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chintzy giving and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotion, plotting, or popularity. I don’t have to be first, right, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded.
I now live by presence, lean by faith, love by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by power. My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions few, my guide reliable, my mission clear.
I can not be bought, compromised, deterred, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, popularity or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won’t give up, shut up, let up or burn up, till I have preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus and I must go till he comes, give till I drop, preach till all know and work till he stops. And when he comes to get his own, he’ll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear.”
As I voraciously consume the great Bible studies on CD from my beloved former Pastor Chuck Obremski…I came across this piece once again. This is found on the last CD in the study of the book of James. I remember when first hearing it in Bible Study…it captured my attention…as I hoped and prayed that I would one day have a strong, unwavering faith. Time has revealed…more wobbles than standing strong…but I find this once again stirs my soul.
When I read this…I think of the wonderful Christians I know at Kindred Community Church, in BSF, Christian friends…both near and far…and my Christian blogger buddies David, Debra and Terry.
So I ask…are your colors clear?
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