Joy can flow from saying the words, “I am a disciple of Christ.” But what does it take to be a disciple, going forth to share with the world the Good News from Jesus?
One martyred disciple killed while preaching the gospel in Africa had a very clear vision of what it would take. Among other things he shared on discipleship are these words.
I cannot be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, diluted 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 down until I am preached up, paid up, stored up, and stayed up in the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus. I must go ‘til he comes, give ‘til I drop, preach ‘til all know, and work ‘till He tells me to stop.”
Those words reached us from a disciple in deep Africa. What kind of disciple will you be today in sunny Birmingham?
By Wendell Harris