In his book Conversion, E. Stanley Jones—a spiritual confidant of Mahatma Gandhi—tells of his experiences as an evangelist in a Christian community in India. "Everyone," explains a blogger for Developmental Associates International, "including the sweeper, enjoyed one day off each week. The sweeper’s work included cleaning the latrines, because this was before the days of flush toilets. Typically, only the “untouchables” would touch a job like that."
“But,” writes Jones, “we each volunteered. One day, I said to a Brahmin convert who was hesitating to volunteer, ‘Brother C., when are you going to volunteer for latrine duty?’ He shook his head slowly and said, ‘Brother Stanley, I’m converted, but I’m not converted that far.’”
E. Stanley Jones, 1884-1973, was a Methodist preacher and teacher. He traveled and ministered extensively throughout India. A friend and confident of both Ghandi and Nheru, he was often dubbed the Billy Graham of India and was once nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work of reconciliation in that country. He authored many theological works and devotionals.
"Many of us are converted," says author Kent Crockett, "but not that far. Godly slaves aren't choosy about their jobs. They simple obey whatever the Master tells them to do. Godly slaves don't say:
- "I'm not going to do that."
- "I don't do windows."
- "No one's going to tell me what do do!"
- "I don't have to put up with this."
- "They don't realize who I am."
- "They don't appreciate all I do around here!"
- "I don't get any respect."
"You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal's death on a cross" (Philippians 2:6-8, NLT).
Kent Crockett graduated from Texas A&M University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and is the senior pastor of the Church of Living Water in Prattville, Alabama. He is the author of The 911 Handbook, Making Today Count for Eternity, and I Once Was Blind but Now I Squint, and has been published in a number of Christian magazines.