Writing on the wall – Burning Bush Boy
When a man is not sure of himself, he stammers in speech. When a man is not sure of his vision, he wanders about. Whenever you see an inconsistent child of God, he is one who is yet to make up his mind to follow Jesus whatever the cost. He wants to hold on with one hand to the Father for His blessings and with the other hand, he holds the world for what he enjoys therein.
He wants to eat and have his cake at the same time. He wants to hold on to The WORD while still clinging to The WORLD. He wants to do the impossible, which is to simultaneously operate in the two different realms. The Word and the World are two parallel lines that can never meet.
In the early 1990s, while still trying to find my feet in the LORD, I recall visiting a friend’s brother-in-law in his office, somewhere at the Lagos Island. He was not on his seat, but as I waited for him in his office, my eyes strayed to this wonderful composition he pasted on his office wall.
As I read through it, I knew right away that it was something I must read over and over again. I thank God for my daddy who had earlier instilled in me the habit of going about with a pen and at least a piece of paper if not a writing pad. I immediately transferred what was on the wall to my notebook and from there; it was transferred into my heart from where it has kept me going till today.
What I read that blessed day set a foundation for me on which, by God’s grace, I am still building upon. It gave me a direction and exposed me to what to expect for bidding the world farewell to embark on a journey with Christ in a world filled with contradictions.
I wish I knew who composed those words, but if the author is getting to read this, please know that I appreciate your efforts for taking time and the pains to write down those inspiring and challenging statements. I also hope you will get to understand why I need to share your thoughts with others who may equally find the strength to stand differently for Christ without having to be afraid or ashamed.
And for the brother who must have pasted it on his office wall for him to repeatedly read through until he’s consumed by it, I say thank you. I also hope you are still walking in the strength of what you boldly displayed on your wall for me and your other visitors to read?
To my dear reader, please note that what you are about to read has the capacity to challenge your faith in Christ and make you a soldier of the cross for the rest of your life. Be blessed!
The Fellowship of the Unashamed:
“I am part of the Fellowship of the Unashamed. The die has been cast. The decision has been made. I have stepped over the line. 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, colourless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap giving and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, positions, plaudits or popularity. I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded or rewarded. I now live my faith, lean on His presence, love with patience, live by prayer and labour 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 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 course 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. I am part of the fellowship of the unashamed.” – Author unknown.