Monday, April 20, 2009

My Banner is Clear

Have you been reading the Stuff Christian's Like blog? Why not? Come on, it's gold.
Can I recommend that in addition to reading the blog, that you also spend some time reading the comments. This post specifically has a GREAT collection of comments in response to John's question "What is your anthem?"

For me right now, in this season of my life which I hope will end soon, I'm hanging onto these song lyrics:

"Til He returns, or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I stand"

And, the words, "My God is mighty to save."

I also live by the creed that a person can never have too much chocolate.

Other people's responses were so good to read. Each of them powerful.

There was one that stood out for me (and to be honest, I haven't scrolled down past it yet, so there may be others) so I copied it here, then googled the first phrase to see who originally wrote it. The girl who posted it as her comment said she memorized it while in youth and quotes it today:

I am a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. I'm His disciple.

I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away or be still. My past is redeemed, my present makes sense and 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 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 on His presence, love with patience, live by prayer and labor by power. My face is set, my gait is fast, my goal is Heaven, my road is narrow, my way is rough, my companions are few, my Guide is reliable and my mission is 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, let up or slow up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up and spoken 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 is clear."

Turns out, these are the words written by an African pastor who was overwhelmed by rebels who demanded that he renounce his faith. He refused. The night before they took his life, he wrote the "I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed" lines on a scrap of paper. These were recorded in the book, Words Aptly Spoken by Dr. Bob Moorehead. Dr. Bob was been the pastor of Overlake Christian Church in Kirkland, Washington for over 25 years. He watched the church grow from 90 people to a congregation of over 6000 today.

And I've been at that church for a concert.
Jus sayin.

Do you have an anthem?

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