This Sunday as we continue to look at the vision for our church and our core values. Our second core value is GROWING. We will explore the ways we should invest ourselves in the area of discipleship.  As we begin to think about this subject I wanted to share with you a poem by an African pastor that I believe captures what it truly means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. 

”I am a disciple of Christ.  I won’t look back, slow down, back away or be still.  My past is redeemed, my present makes sense, my future is secure.  I am finished with low living, sight walking, small thinking, colorless dreams, tame visions, mundane talk, chinchy giving and dwarfed goals.  I no longer need pre-eminence, prosperity, position, promotions, or popularity.  I don’t have to be right, first, tops, recognized, praised, regarded. Or rewarded.  My face is set, my goal is heaven.  My road is narrow, my way is rough.  But 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, associate at the table of the enemy, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.  I won’t give up, let up, or shut up till I have preached up, paid up, stored up, and said up for the cause of Christ.  I’m a disciple of Christ.  I must go until he comes, give till I drop, preach till all know and work till he stops.  And when he comes to claim his own, he will have no problem recognizing me, because my colors are clear.”

May these words characterize our lives as we seek to grow as disciples of Jesus Christ.