Santa Cruz, California, October 28th, 2014

Santa Cruz, California, October 28th, 2014

Monday, September 24, 2012

Words of a martyred pastor.

This poem was read by a young missionary friend in church yesterday. It was written by a Zimbabwean pastor prior to his martyrdom.

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, letup, 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 talking, 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 roads narrow, my way rough, my companions are few, my Guide reliable, my mission 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 of 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 banner will be clear!


    1. Wow, what a beautiful legacy! His passion for Christ oozes from every word. We are so blessed to live in countries that don't condemn Christians, but I wonder what our passion and zeal for the Lord would look like if we did. Hmm.

    2. Good morning Gwen. I totally agree with you. If someone threatened to take my kids away for my belief in Jesus, it sure would take on a frightening level of commitment. I remember reading about a Romanian pastor who was about to be shot if he didn't recant his faith, this was years ago. His son was being forced to watch, and the boy yelled "do not shame me by denying Jesus! It is better you die for Christ than to live in shame!".
      How powerful is that? I really can't remember what happened to the pastor, but the child's faith was like iron.

    3. Jennifer,

      I don't know if you read my reply over on Braveheart, but you are SO on my heart today. I'm still amazed that I didn't even know you a few months ago - I feel like you've been in my heart for a lifetime! You know, I'm adopted... maybe we're related somewhere..... I've always believed I had a sibling or two out there.....

      Back to this being about you. Ahem. What an amazing testament of faith. This morning it occurred to me that when we're being put through the fire, we might be being refined, but in our minds, so is God. As we "test" Him - lean into Him - we find out just how powerful He is. This man, like Stephen in Acts, KNEW what it meant to lean into the PILLAR of GOD, knowing that God would hold him up no matter what the world did to him. Amazing.

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      Okay. One more thing - another business thing. You changed your comment profile selection to include Name/URL - YAY!!!!!

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    4. Okay. I tried to sign up again...but it told me I was already signed up. So. I guess you didn't unfollow me....