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Kings and Paupers

I read a quote recently from Charles Spurgeon.  He said “If God has called you to be a missionary, don’t stoop to be a King.”  When you first read that, it’s probably not the deepest or most philosophical thing ever.  However, when really apply that to our own lives…it means so much more.

See, when I was a kid I had some big dreams.  In fact, one of my biggest dreams was to be the dark knight himself….”BATMAN”!!  No, not as an actor in a movie to only portray Batman – I really wanted to be Batman.  In fact, I would pray night after night: “God, I don’t want anything else!  You can leave the monsters under my bed, but God PLEASE make me BATMAN!!”

Obviously, it never happened and through the years I finally gave up hope.  I eventually had other dreams and ambitions – not the least of which was my desire to be someone – anyone – else…someone cooler and more liked.  Even still today, there are things I would love to be.  Yet when I read that quote, something ignites within me!  If God has called me to scrub toilets, then I would be taking a demotion – a step down – to be the next Kendrick Lamar or James Bond!!

I believe that if we can truly latch on to this idea that the “High Calling of Christ Jesus” can really mean “be kind” or “be generous,” then we can successfully become what we were intended to be – obedient.  We should not feel less important than Billy Graham just because our place in the body of Christ is to change dirty diapers in the nursery.  We should feel honored.

We have been summoned by the King of Kings and Lord of Lords to do His work.  If God has called us to simply be a friend to to friendless, don’t demote yourself to be President of the United States.  If God has called you to volunteer to mop or vacuum a floor, don’t belittle yourself to be a Youth Pastor.  If God has called you to be a Youth Pastor, don’t stoop to be Batman.


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