Last Sunday, I shared some thoughts from C. S. Lewis, who has ‘walked’ with me through his writings for all of my Christian life. Now I want to share some thoughts from another Christian thinker, Ravi Zacharias, I have been reading. He recently died and it was the announcement of his death that caused me to explore his writing and some of his Youtube videos.
Ravi was born in India in 1946 to an Anglican family, but he remained a sceptic until the age of 17 when he tried to commit suicide. A Christian worker at the hospital brought him a Bible and it was the reading of God’s word in the Gospel of John that started him on his Christian walk.
Ravi spent the summer of 1971 in South Vietnam evangelizing American soldiers and imprisoned Viet Cong soldiers. After that he went to Cambodia but had to leave when threatened by the Khmer Rouge before that country fell.
After that he was ordained into the ministry in the Christian and Missionary Alliance in Canada. From that early start he became an itinerant preacher traveling the world preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He has even spoke twice to the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City.
Here are some of his thoughts that I have run across…
“Love is a commitment that will be tested in the most vulnerable areas of spirituality, a commitment that will force you to make some very difficult choices. It is a commitment that demands that you deal with your lust, your greed, your pride, your power, your desire to control, your temper, your patience, and every area of temptation that the Bible clearly talks about. It demands the quality of commitment that Jesus demonstrates in His relationship to us.”
“There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.”
“I think the reason we sometimes have the false sense that God is so far away is because that is where we have put him. We have kept him at a distance, and then when we are in need and call on him in prayer, we wonder where he is. He is exactly where we left him.”
“I came to Him because I did not know which way to turn. I remained with Him because there is no other way I wish to turn. I came to Him longing for something I did not have. I remain with Him because I have something I will not trade. I came to Him as a stranger. I remain with Him in the most intimate of friendships. I came to Him unsure about the future. I remain with Him certain about my destiny. I came amid the thunderous cries of a culture that has 330 million deities. I remain with Him knowing that truth cannot be all-inclusive.”
“These days its not just that the line between right and wrong has been made unclear, today Christians are being asked by our culture today to erase the lines and move the fences, and if that were not bad enough, we are being asked to join in the celebration cry by those who have thrown off the restraints religion had imposed upon them. It is not just that they ask we accept, but they now demand of us to celebrate it too.”
“Capturing the beauty of the conversion of the water into wine, the poet Alexander Pope said, “The conscious water saw its Master and blushed.” That sublime description could be reworked to explain each one of these miracles. Was it any different in principle for a broken body to mend at the command of its Maker? Was it far-fetched for the Creator of the universe, who fashioned matter out of nothing, to multiply bread for the crowd? Was it not within the power of the One who called all the molecules into existence to interlock them that they might bear His footsteps?”
“Faith in the biblical sense is substantive, based on the knowledge that the One in whom that faith is placed has proven that He is worthy of that trust. In its essence, faith is a confidence in the person of Jesus Christ and in His power, so that even when His power does not serve my end, my confidence in Him remains because of who He is.”
“Time is the brush of God, as he paints his masterpiece on the heart of humanity.”