Becoming His Unashamed Fellowship
Chad Walsh, in his intriguing book Early Christians of the Twenty-First Century, wrote these piercing and convicting words:
Millions of Christians live in a sentimental haze of vague piety, with soft organ music trembling in the lovely light from stained glass windows. Their religion is a pleasant thing of emotional quivers, divorced from the will, divorced from the intellect, and demanding little except lip service to a few harmless platitudes. I suspect that Satan has called off his attempt to convert people to agnosticism. After all, if a man travels far enough away from Christianity, he is liable to see it in perspective and decide what is true. It is much safer, from Satan’s point of view, to vaccinate a man with a mild case of Christianity so as to protect him from the real disease.
On the other hand, another author, who remains anonymous, penned these probing and inspiring words:
I am part of the “Fellowship of the Unashamed.” I have Holy Spirit power. The die has been cast. I’ve stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I am 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, and my future is secure. I am finished and done with low living, sight walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talking, chintzy 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 presence, learn by faith, love by 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 few, my guide reliable, my mission clear. 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 go, or slow up until I’ve preached up, prayed up, paid up, stored up, and stayed 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.
And when He comes to get His own, He’ll have no problems recognizing me…my colors will be clear.
And the writer John, in his gospel account, would have this to say about his commitment to His Savior—He (Jesus) must increase, but I must decrease. (John 3:30)
So what can we say? God, please save us from a mild dose of Christianity. Don’t let us settle for shallow superficiality, easy theology, and fruitless mediocrity. Instead, make us into a people who seek You wholeheartedly, who submit to You unreservedly, who follow You unconditionally…who possess a contagious enthusiasm to live, love, and lead like Jesus. May we be able to say together, “Jesus must increase, and we must decrease.” And may You be able to say of us one day, “They are truly an unashamed fellowship of Mine.” Amen.