>There are certain people who, by the magnitude of their faith and the greatness of their accomplishments, make my life look very small. The comparison can be discouraging. Yet when I read the stories of these heroes of faith, I find that they were ordinary people just like me with struggles and weakness just like the ones I daily face. What made them great was not their personality or talents or courage, but their belief in a great God. They found His grace sufficient, His power perfect in their weakness, and there they were made strong. They inspire me.
Dr. Helen Roseveare is one of those. Twenty years of her life was spent to their fullest in the Congo where brought medical help to hurting people and offered the healing gospel for their hurting souls. She knew pain and suffering well. For five months, “Mama Luka” was held captive, beaten and abused, by rebel forces. And yet each personal loss she counted as a gain in the “surpassing worth of knowing Christ,” a strengthening of her faith, and a chance to be whittled into an effective arrow.
I met Helen Roseveare this summer in her book Living Sacrifice:Willing to be Whittled as an Arrow. She has written many others, personal testimonies of God’s glory and grace. I encourage you to get to know her too. Become acquainted with the great cloud of witnesses that surrounds you and let them inspire you to run the race with patience and wholeheartedness. Listen to their wisdom; hear now the challenge from Helen Roseveare, English medical missionary and willing arrow in the hands of her loving Lord.
“Since 1973, I have been living in the United Kingdom, and seeking to present the desperate need of the three thousand million people, alive today, who have never yet heard of our Lord Jesus Christ and of the redemption He wrought for them at Calvary. These are the ‘hidden peoples’ in more than ten thousand ethnic groups around our world. As I try to present their needs, I pray earnestly that the Holy Spirit will stir hearts to make a response. It seems obvious to me that Christian young people…should rise up and go.
Why is the response so poor?…
Is it that we Christians today have an inadequate understanding of God’s holiness and therefore of His wrath against sin and of the awfulness of a Christless eternity? If we were gripped by the two facts–of the necessity for judgment of sin because God is holy; and of the necessity of holiness in the Christian that he may represent such a God to others–would we not ‘hunger and thirst after righteousness’ whatever the cost, and would not others then see Christ in us, and be drawn to Him?
In other words, if we [understood] the Scriptural teaching on the need of Holiness in the life of every believer, we should no need to plead for missionaries.”
From Living Holiness
Who are your heroes?