If I could choose who to be instead of myself, I would choose Ravi. Come on, have a good laugh! I am a slim woman in my late forties… and, by the way, if I couldn’t become Ravi, I would go for Adrian Rogers, or maybe Paul Washer, another of my favorite evangelists.
I don’t consider myself the kind of person that picks an “idol” and follow him or her in admiration. No. I’ve never had a hero or a celebrity that I look up to and try to imitate. Nevertheless, I would pick Ravi any day. He is a very intelligent man, a well-articulated, dedicated Christian with an acute sense of humor and a wealth of knowledge of the Scriptures.
Before Mrs. Zachariah starts worrying… no, I don’t have a crush on Ravi (crushes on others’ husbands are unbiblical!). I just love to listen to intelligent Christian people; that’s probably the reason why I married my incredibly intelligent husband.
I don’t know Ravi personally and probably never will, but I’ve learned much about Christianity by hearing his messages on the internet. He seems to be the kind of Christian that I would like to be.
The Bible instructs us to fix our eyes on Christ and I have not taken them off of Him. In the spiritual realm, Jesus Christ has been my hero since the day He saved me, 35 years ago. I dream of and strive to be like my Savior, and I’ll pray for this until I get to reach the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Why then, am I talking about people like Ravi, Rogers or Washer? I would like to be able to serve the Lord as much as they do, to waste myself in His kingdom, to live and die for Jesus.
So many people nowadays are always picking the wrong heroes: Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Taylor Lautner, and as much as I don’t know a single significant thing about them, all of them are worldly; some of them even immoral people.
What a tragedy that even our Christian youth look up to them and try to imitate them! When there are people way more worthy of our respect and admiration, (take Tim Tebow for instance). These are Christians that give everything they have; some of them have even given up personal goals for the sake of the Lord.
Traveling all over the world may seem like a dream come true, but I bet if we could ask Ravi, he would probably say, “I love the Lord, but sometimes I miss my home”. Or if we could ask Paul Washer how it feels to be such a daring, fearless missionary, he probably would say, “I am brave and daring because I love the Lord, but when people get angry or aggressive it gets tough”.
These are the real heroes of the faith. They are people who give up everything to serve, people who spend hours on end learning the Scriptures for the glory of God and the benefit of others.
Paul Washer, Adrian Rogers, Skip Heitzig, Ravi Zachariah. Alistair Begg, Hank Hanegraaff, Greg Koukl, Ray Comfort, Kirk Cameron, James Dobson and Billy Graham. Even the people of the past: William Borden, George Muller, Jonathan Edwards, C.S. Lewis, Hudson Taylor and many more. Pick your favorite! All of these are heroes of the faith. All of them are faithful disciples of the Lord, striving in this spiritual race to obtain the prize, as the Apostle Paul did.
If you could ask them, “Do you think you are special? Do you think you are a hero? Do you know that some people admire your dedication and love for the Lord?” They probably would answer, “I am no hero, Jesus is. I am just a servant trying to serve my Master, living for His glory, that’s all”.
They are people like you and me that decided to choose Christ over themselves, His will over theirs. People who remind us that we can make things happen too (with the help of the Lord of course) that the rest of us are not just some second-rate Christians. They teach us that Christian faithfulness is available to anyone who is willing to obey, follow Jesus, and carry their cross.
They follow the Lord with a spirit of humility and obedience. They are servants of the Lord who count all things a loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus their Lord, for whom they have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that they may gain Christ.