Thursday, June 4, 2009

Discipleship: Beautiful Monologue.


Taken from Collegiate Quarterly Lesson: Walking the Walk-A Christian Life, Lesson 10.

The following piece was written by a young Christian pastor in Zimbabwe. It was
found in his office shortly after he was martyred:


“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. . . .

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, [am] lift[ed] 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, or 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 problem recognizing me. My colors will be clear!"

Discipleship means more than learning about Christ or imitating Him. It means following Him even unto a suffering that cannot be compared to the reward that awaits us.

What does the inventory of your life reveal about your determination to follow
Christ?

* “Christian Commitment: My Colors,” http://home.snu.edu/~hculbert/commit.htm (accessed April 3, 2006). “My colors will be clear!”

XoXo,

Nissy

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