the fellowship of the unashamed


I can’t bring myself to part with the Bible I’ve had since I was a teenager. Every time I try to start over with a new one, it just feels… wrong. Sterile. Clean, fresh, and new in all the worst ways. So I inevitably return to my old faithful, held together with duct tape, glue, and rubber bands. It smells uniquely like a combination of the 29 countries it’s traveled to. Sprawled throughout it are notes, photos, stickers, quotes, memories… And all together, they make the words on the pages that much more alive and rich and full.

Written in the back of my Bible is this note, found written in the office of a young pastor in Zimbabwe after he was martyred. And it still stirs my heart just like it did twenty years ago…

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“I’m a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have Holy Spirit 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, small planning, 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 on His presence, walk by patience, am uplifted by prayer, and labor with 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 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 sacrifice, hesitate in the presence of the adversary, negotiate at the table 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 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!”


5 Responses to “the fellowship of the unashamed”
  1. Leslie says:

    I first read those words about five years ago – posted by someone who said their youth minister taught it to them as their “anthem.” I never knew the source! Can you tell me any more about the writer? I absolutely love it.

  2. Mark Allman

    Wow…. what strong words and faith.

  3. brandie says:

    I cut it out of a church bulletin and had it on my fridge for years and years… thanks for reminding me of the way it stirred my heart.

  4. I read that more than 15 years ago … not sure of original source, but very powerful!

  5. Faith says:

    Oh boy Alece, this stirs something in me. How do I live my daily stay at home mom/ wife life like that?!?! So much of my life seems to be mediocre and mundane- doing just enough to get by to the next day. Even the little changes I make to do better just seem to be a drop in my very empty bucket. It would be so easy to just pick up and move to Africa and live a life of complete service and devotion to Jesus- the hard part is figuring out how to do that in my suburban day to day life. Cut out TV and media and go door to door praying for people? Open my home to the sick and dying? Have a complete lifestyle change for our family with husband and kids kicking and screaming the whole way? If I saw someone doing that I would say they were a nut job. This is something I have been thinking over and praying about- I just don’t know where to start. Thanks for sharing and storing questions in my heart. And I know what you mean about the bible, I have used my dad’s old bible since I was a teen and he had it when I was a baby! I finally had to start a new chapter with a new one- same verson, little by little it’s filling up.

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