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THE WORDS OF A MODERN-DAY DISCIPLE OF CHRIST

     "I'm part of the fellowship of the unashamed.  I have the Holy Spirit's 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, famed visions, worldly talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals.  I no longer need preeminence, 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 I labor with power.  My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is heaven.  My road is narrow, my way rough, my companions are few, my Guide reliable and 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 or let up, until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid 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 problem recognizing me...my banner will be clear."
     When is the church truly successful?  We are successful when we are making disciples like this Zimbabwe pastor who was willing to fully follow Jesus Christ, even though it lead right up to the cross and cost him his life.  Is a church of 10,000 successful if it is only producing lukewarm, double-minded Christians?  Is a church of 20 successful if it is producing whole-hearted, single-minded disciples like this pastor from Zimbabwe?  Were not Peter, James, and John like this African Christian?  Christian tradition tells us that the eleven disciples that Jesus built were all willing to fully follow Christ no matter what it cost them.  That is the type of disciples Jesus built, and the type of disciple Paul and the Apostles built, and it is the type of disciple that Jesus wants us to build today in our churches.  If we are building this type of disciple, we will have successful churches and we will make an obvious impact on our world.