Unashamed

For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. ~ Romans 1:16 ~

In my grade 10 Bible class we are going through the Great Controversy. This is my second year to teach this topic to my students. I thoroughly enjoy and am inspired by this book. Sometimes it can be frustrating to see the apparent lack of enthusiasm from some students towards Bible subject. I can only pray that seeds are being planted that will one day grow and bear fruit.

We just covered chapter 2 which was about persecution in the first centuries and I recalled to mind the following story that I had heard many years ago which really challenged me and I hope it will touch you as well.

The following was written by a young African Christian man and was found after he had been martyred for refusing to deny his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed.  I have 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, 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, small planning, smooth
knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living,
and dwarfed goals.

I no longer need pre-eminence, 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 on His presence, walk 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 rough, my companions few, my Guide reliable, my missions 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 adversity, 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 and 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
problems recognizing me — for my banner will be clear!

Elizabeth Elliot

I purpose in my heart, by the grace of God, to be unashamed of my Lord Jesus Christ.

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