The gospel of Jesus Christ demands my utmost devotion.
Listen to the words of a young preacher from Zimbabwe:
“I’m part of the fellowship of the unashamed.
I have the Holy Spirit’s 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.
I won’t give up, shut up, let up,
until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up and preached up
for the cause of Jesus Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus Christ.
And his disciples will be hated to the end of time.
They will be blamed for all the divisions that rend cities and homes.
Jesus and his disciples will be condemned on all sides
for undermining family life, and for leading the nation astray;
they will be called crazy fanatics and disturbers of the peace.
The disciples will be sorely tempted to desert their Lord.
But the end is also near, and they must hold on and persevere until it comes.
Only he will be blessed who remains loyal to Jesus and his word until the end.”
― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship