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You Want to Be a Spiritual Hero?

There is a longing in all of us—or most of us at least—to rise above obscurity and also to be known for our greatness. Even Christian believers can long to be among the great. This is actually the subject of this little excerpt from Matthew Redmond’s The God of the Mundane .

There are two types of pastors, in the main: those who speak at meetings with green rooms * (I’m not kidding; they have eco-friendly rooms—with spring drinking water, I guess) and people who want to do so. The particular men who brought our churches in to faithfulness have little gremlins tugging in their ego, telling them they are not performing anything special except if they are being recognized.

How could they possibly have got any other message apart from one in which the audience walks away using the purpose of doing some thing special to change the planet? All for the glory of God.

I mean, who would desire to be a person no one offers ever heard of? What sort of person just will go about their business in this rock-star culture? What pastor or pew-sitter wants to stay nameless, living in year-in and year-out obscurity—especially when fame and reputation and notoriety are ripe for the picking? Why would certainly we be Greta Garbo, dodging the public, when there’s YouTube?

But We say: Be no one special. Do your job. Take care of your family. Thoroughly clean your house. Mow your yard. Read your Bible. Attend praise. Pray. Watch your existence and doctrine carefully. Love your spouse. Adore your kids. Be good. Laugh with your friends. Drink your wine heartily. Eat your meat lustily. Be honest. Be kind to your waitress. Anticipate no special treatment. And do it all silently.

You want to be the spiritual hero? Distinguish yourself? Ironically, you have to give it up. This sounds like “lose your life so you can save it” for the reason. Being nobody special will feel such as losing your life, maybe the life you’ve dreamed of in front of the mirror. Ahead of the pastor, or as a pastor. But to distinguish yourself in our globe, you must be joyful about being a no one.


* Tim’ h note: I have been in numerous green rooms. Generally green rooms are simply just a tiny, isolated space somewhere in the basement of a church or even other venue where speakers can have a couple of quiet moments to pray and review their notes. I use yet to see one which offers spring drinking water. Trust me when I say they sound far more classy than they really are!