Do we know what it means
to be a living sacrifice?
Read this statement by a young African pastor.
Found among his papers in Zimbabwe after he was martyred
I'm a 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.
My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is
secure. I'm done and finished with low living, sight
walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams,
tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed
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, lift 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, and preached up for the cause
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 problems recognizing me.
My colors will be clear!
Louise Chapman Robinson
This vibrant declaration was
originally contributed by Dr. Nina Gunter who got it
from veteran missionary
Louise Chapman Robinson.
One side note is that today this
commitment statement circulates among Christians (and
even web sites) with the byline "Author unknown." The
story behind this statement makes it all the more