Friday, March 23, 2012

from a pastor in Zimbabwe

This past week I have been in Texas for Spring Break.  While visiting my parents new church with them, this was shared with us during Sunday School by their teacher, who happens to be the old pastor from the church I grew up in.  Something about it spoke to me and made me want to share it. 

"I'm part of the fellowship of the unashamed.  I have the Holy Spirit power.  The die has been cast.  I have stepped over the line.  The decision has been made - I'm a disciple of His.  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 finished and done with low living, sight walking, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, worldly walking, cheap giving, and dwarfed goals. 

I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity.  I don't have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded, or rewarded.  I now live by faith, lean in His presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and I labor with power.

My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable, my mission is clear.  I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed.  I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool or popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity. 

I won't give up, shut up, let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, preached up for the cause of Christ.  I am a disciple of Jesus.  I must go till He comes, give till I drop, preach till all know, and work till He stops me.  And when He comes for His own, He will have no problem recognizing me...my banner will be clear!"

-From a young pastor in Zimbabwe

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3 comments:

Cathy said...

Very inspirational! That might have been the most powerful SS lesson I have ever heard.

whitney said...

loved this! :]

Stephanie said...

Wow! This is awesome! Definitely sharing this one

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