One Certain Thing

Many, many years ago, an oil company was opening a new operation in China. The manager had to meet four qualifications: Under 30 years of age, a university graduate, a leader, and spoke Chinese. No one could be found.

Then, someone said they had a qualified friend already in China. The committee asked about his salary, and was startled to learn that it was only $600 a year, because he worked for a missions board. The committee chairperson appointed a man to go to China, instructing him, “Hire that man. Offer him up to $15,000 per year, if necessary.”

The man journeyed to China, found his friend, and made him the offer – which he declined. The man asked his friend, “What will it take?”

“It’s not a question of the salary,” said the missionary.

“The salary is tremendous. The trouble is with the job. The job is too little. I feel that God has called me to preach the Gospel of Christ. I should be a fool to quit preaching in order to sell oil.”1

“Woe is me if I do not preach the Gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:16).

“One thing is certain: the call of Christ is always a promotion” (A. W. Tozer).2

© 2017 D & L Publications


  1. Decision, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, P. O. Box 1270, Charlotte, North Carolina, 28201-1270, “Ruth’s Attic, A Selection from Ruth Bell Graham’s written collections, “Giants Among Us,” December 2007, p. 42