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I first heard the following reading from a young man making a presentation at a conference I attended. I was deeply moved by the passion and conviction of these words, so, when I returned home, I did an online search for the reading. The author is unknown but is believed to be a young pastor in Zimbabwe who was martyred for his faith in Jesus Christ. It was found in his study. I offer you this passionate witness of a person who was Jesus strong and living fearless and free.

“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, 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.”

I will not flinch in the face of sacrifices, hesitate in the presence of the enemy, pander at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.

Author Unknown

“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 mission clear. I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded, or delayed. I will not flinch in the face of sacrifices, 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 ’til it’s all I know, and work ’til He stops me. And, when he comes for his own, he will have no problem recognizing me … my banner will be clear.”