In 1914, a man named Ernest Shakelton placed the following words in a newspaper ad: "Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages, bitter cold, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success."

Would you respond to such an invitation? Enough men responded that Shakelton set sail for Antarctica. It was a tough journey. The men were stranded and not rescued until 1917. Why would someone respond to such an ad? Was it for the "honor and recognition" that might come? Christians have responded to Jesus' call. He said to be His disciple we must take up our crosses and follow Him. We do so not for worldly honor, but to hear our Savior say, "Well done, good and faithful servant."

Illustration by J. Michael Shannon, Professor of Preaching, Cincinnati Bible College & Seminary, Cincinnati, OH.