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Weekly Devotion: Unsung Heroes

Genesis 24:12 “Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my
master Abraham, make me successful today and show kindness to my master Abraham”

In the Bible, we have countless, nameless heroes
that through simple acts of faith and obedience became part of a thread of a
majestic tapestry that God designed through history: the little boy who brought
Jesus the five loaves and two fishes, the faithful servant, as in the verse
above, who went to search for Isaac’s wife, just to name a few.

Earlier this month I had the
privilege of meeting one Christian hero of our faith, Ravi Zacharias (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ravi_Zacharias     http://rzim.org/). What a
privilege indeed it was. In this day and age when many giants of faith have
been marred by scandals involving immorality, abuse of power and controversies,
Ravi’s ministries have grown in stature as the evangelist of the 21st
century, blameless from the inside and out, assuming a gravitas that only comes
with a vintage of the cumulative years of blemishless ministry.

Where did it all start? Ravi often tells
the story of his conversion, more than 50 years ago in India, in a bed of
suicide at the age of 17, having attempted to take his own life because he did
not “fit” the standards of his culture. A young man named Fred Davies, who at
the time was doing ministry for YWAM, came to visit him in the hospital to give
him a Bible. Unable to read on his own because of his precarious condition,
Ravi’s mother read him in broken English the verses that Fred had highlighted “Because
I live, you also shall live” John 14:19. It was the beginning of his life
altering recovery and journey…

Fred Davies passed away a couple of years ago,
peacefully, surrounded by his family just after Easter Sunday of 2013. You won’t
find him if you search him in Google, he didn’t have a vibrant ministry nor did
he write any insightful books. He was simply a follower of Christ. In one of
his talks, Ravi recounts a conversation that he had with Fred over the phone,
just days before he passed away, and this was the only time I saw Ravi’s voice
break in public, unable to hold back the tears. Fred said “Ravi, sometimes I
think that the only reason I came to this world, was to bring that bible to you
in that hospital”

This story always encourages me and humbles
me. God, in his omniscient, all powerful character, can use us as tiny levers
to move impossible mountains. We never know how we are going to touch people’s
lives, we never know who God will place before us to minister. A frail,
struggling, and troubled Ravi Zacharias may be before us, and our simple, yet genuine,
Christ’s centered posture of obedience can transcend time and space into
eternity…

I pray that our community is full of Fred
Davies, the unsung heroes of our faith. God Bless you this week!

Paulo Rhee