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May 27

Midweek Devotional from Brandon Redinger

Last week I was saddened to hear the passing of Ravi Zaccharias. For those of you who don’t know, he was a Christian Apologist.  The word apologist comes from the greek word apologia, meaning “speaking in defence”.   Ravi’s mission was to defend Christ in a rational way, and take the message of Jesus Christ to the world.  Ravi would often speak to large crowds, answering some of the toughest questions they could throw at him.  He would speak in love, but with conviction.  Finding this balance was masterful, and can be seen in many videos you can find online.

Ravi was taken quickly, as he had been diagnosed with sarcoma just a few months ago.  I thought to myself “Why would God call home a man working so effectively for His cause?”  I later found a video of Ravi speaking prior to entering the funeral of Billy Graham.  In this video he speaks to standing on the shoulders of the previous Christian “greats”.  He quotes Charles Wesley that “God buries his workman, but His works goes on”. The work of Christ must continue despite the death of a man who was so effective for His cause. 

This brought to mind a passage Pastor Andrew quoted in his message this past Sunday.

                “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain” - Philippians 1:21

Paul continues in this passage to exhort the Christian to be fruitful for God - use the talents God has given you to give back to Him.  Ravi’s ministry was to provide rational arguments for the Christian worldview.  We are all called to the Great Commission, and have all been given gifts.  This week reflect on those talents, and pray about how you can use those for His cause.