Jeremiah 8:23-24 “Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches:  But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth:  for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.”

Oliver Cromwell, English political and military leader, was an early champion of religious liberty and British unity.  In reading a biography of this notable figure, I came across the following Cromwell quote:

“I had rather have a plain russet-coated captain that knows what he fights for and loves what he knows, than that which you call ‘a gentleman,’ and is nothing else.”

What a wonderful thought, and very much in line with God’s reasoning in choosing His recruits.  He isn’t looking for gentleman – those who are wise, mighty, or rich.  He is looking for the plain servant who has an unshakable focus on Him.  He is looking for men and women who have a Godly purpose and passion.  He is looking for a plain russet-coated captain who knows what he fights for and loves what he knows.

PLEASE PRAY THAT WE WOULD BE RECRUITS WHO SERVE GOD WITH FOCUS AND FERVANCY.  We must know what we fight for and love what we know as russet-coated captains for Christ.