Sadhu Sundar Singh was born into an Indian family of high caste.
When he became a Christian and told his parents of his decision
to follow Christ, they said, “You have broken caste. You cannot
live here any longer.” They immediately banished him from their home.
It was the wet season and the rain was coming down hard as he
left his home, clad in only his insubstantial Indian robes. He sat
under a nearby tree all night, soaked to the skin. He said that he
felt so radiantly happy, however, that he forgot any physical
discomfort. He had the freedom to travel throughout the region
telling the Gospel story.
He became known as the apostle of India. Once, he went into
Tibet, where he was arrested, put into a pit, and branded with irons.
He bore those scars the rest of his life. While speaking in England
he said, “I am going back to do what I have done. I am quite aware
of the cost.” Some time after his return, he disappeared and appears
to have suffered a martyr’s death.
Singh moved from “high caste” in India into a “servant’s caste” for
the gospel. His position in Christ was not only marked by the privilege
of eternal life, but by the responsibility to serve others and share
Rank does not confer privilege nor give
power. It imposes responsibility.
“For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall
much be required; and of him to whom men entrust
much, they will require and demand all the more.”