FREE TO BE
 
(I used this as a conclusion to a sermon awhile back. It really stuck
me and wanted to give it more traction by sending to all of you. As
we remember our land of freedom and nation of opportunity, you are
also Free To Be a Disciple of Jesus.)
 
“I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed. I have stepped over
the line. I am one of the “baptized.” I’m a disciple of Jesus Christ.
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, mundane talking,
cheap living, 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, lift by prayer, and labor by power. 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, 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, 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!”
 
Pastor Greg Hoffmann
( + Colossians 2:2 )

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