Ravi Zacharias (1946 – 2020) was a Christian apologist and author of more than 30 books on Christianity including Evangelical Christian Publishers Association’s Gold Medallion Book Award winner, CAN MAN LIVE WITHOUT GOD? His life blessed this planet, and although he recently moved on to heaven, his legacy will continue to impact this world.
His messages via radio, television, worldwide web, and writings blessed me personally for almost four decades. I began listening to his radio programs in the 1980’s, which led me to read several books he authored and to listen eagerly at every opportunity. His messages were worth hearing and full of hope in Jesus Christ.
Ravi was probably my favorite Christian speaker to whom to listen. He made me think, and he always directed my thoughts toward the Subject of his messages — Jesus Christ. His program, “Let My People Think,” was named appropriately. Both as a listener and a reader I was always challenged to think. I was led to Hope, Truth, and Love all found in the One he knew well and followed closely.
Because of Christ Ravi’s physical life was saved from a suicide attempt when he was 17 in India, and then his life radically turned from hopelessness to one full of hope. He devoted his life work to sharing the same hope with humanity, and his messages reached millions that include me. His spiritual life was saved by Christ to prepare him for eternity.
I found Ravi to be a brilliant intellectual apologist that touched me every time I heard him speak or read his books. He did not seek personal glory but was held in high regard for his faithfulness. His walk matched his talk.
Ravi’s impact will not end with his death. His legacy goes on, because he used the gifts God gave him. He left us with so many evidences of what matters in this life and so much wisdom for the one to come. If you are not familiar with Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM), seek to learn more. Especially seek the Lord of his faith and His hope.
When I learned that Ravi had died, my first thought was this: “Now his faith is sight.” I want that statement to be true of me when I leave this life. I want to be sure the legacy I leave counts. I am thankful for Ravi Zacharias, because he was used greatly to build and strengthen my personal faith. His faithful and hopeful life leaves a powerful and hopeful legacy.
“Beginning well is a momentary thing; finishing well is a lifelong thing.” (Ravi Zacharias)
“My goal is to satisfy the hunger and longing for those who are seeking the truth.” (RZ)
“There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.” (RZ)
“One often sees a call only in retrospect. This, too, is God’s design. God often reinforces our faith after we trust him not before.” (RZ)
“What I believe in my heart must make sense in my mind.” (RZ)
“Faith is a thing of the mind. If you do not believe that God is in control and has formed you for a purpose, then you will flounder on the high seas of purposelessness, drowning in the currents and drifting further into nothingness.” (RZ)
“Love is a command not just a feeling. Somehow, in the romantic world of music and theater we have made love to be what it is not. We have so mixed it with beauty and charm and sensuality and contact that we have robbed it of its higher call of cherishing and nurturing.” (RZ)
“Truth that is not undergirded by love makes the truth obnoxious and the possessor of it repulsive.” (RZ)
“One of the most staggering truths of the Scriptures is to understand that we do not earn our way to heaven. …works have a place – but as a demonstration of having received God’s forgiveness not as a badge of merit of having earned it.” (RZ)
“I do not believe that one can earnestly seek and find the priceless treasure of God’s call without a devout prayer life. That is where God speaks. The purpose of prayer and of God’s call in your life is not to make you number one in the world’s eyes, but to make Him number one in your life. We must be willing to be outshone while shining for God. We hear very little about being smaller in our own self-estimate.” (RZ)
“It was not the volume of sin that sent Christ to the cross; it was the fact of sin.” (RZ)
“Unless I understand the Cross, I cannot understand why my commitment to what is right must take precedence over what I prefer.” (RZ)
“Goodness can endure a few moments; holiness is life-defining.” (RZ)