THOUGHT: Courage is fear that has said its prayers.  
–Dorothy Bernard.  
 
Clarence Jordan tells of the day he approached his brother, Robert, an attorney, later a state senator and justice for the Georgia Supreme Court, and asked him as a fellow church member to join the cause of racial understanding.  “Clarence, I can’t do that. You know my political aspirations. Why, if I got involved, I might lose my job, my house, everything I’ve got.”  Clarence replied, “We might lose everything, too, Bob.”  “It’s different for you,” Bob answered.  “Why is it different?” Clarence returned. “I remember, it seems to me, that you and I joined the church on the same Sunday as boys. I expect when we came forward the preacher asked me about the same questions that he did you. He asked me, ‘Do you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior?’ And I said ‘Yes.’ What did you say?”  “I follow Jesus, Clarence, up to a point,” said Robert.  “Could that point, by any chance, be the cross?” asked Clarence.  “That’s right,” said Robert. “I’ll follow Jesus to the cross, but not onto the cross. I’m not getting myself crucified.”  Clarence replied, “Then I don’t think you’re a disciple. You’re only an admirer of Jesus. I think you should get up in church on Sunday and tell people that you’re an admirer, not a disciple.”    Clarence has a point. A true believer is willing to suffer with Jesus, not just stand on the sidelines and cheer.  

 Prayer:  Lord Jesus, give me the courage to follow you both to the cross and upon the cross if necessary. May I not be afraid to suffer for the sake of the gospel. Amen.