A young pastor in Zimbabwe, Africa left this note in his office. It was discovered after this persecuted pastor was found murdered for his faith. The incident is recorded in Brennan Manning’s book, “The Signature of Jesus”. Excerpts from his letter appear below.
I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. … My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure. … 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 on his presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and labor with power. … 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 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.
WOW!! That’s a lot to live up to even if we’re on the sunny side.