What is the purpose of life?
Sukhwant Singh Bhatia came from a wealthy Punjabi Sikh family. His father was a practicing atheist, but his mother was a devout Sikh. As a boy, he asked his mother to teach him everything she knew about God. She told him to master the Granth Sahib, the Sikh scriptures. He spent a year reading and memorizing it. He learned its teachings that all people are bad, that Waheguru, the holy and righteous One, and sinful man could never be brought together without a mediator who would plead man’s case before God and breach the gap. Sikhism offers 10 human gurus who are considered mediators, and every Sikh must select his own mediator. Sukhwant decided there is no God.
By the time Sukhwant was in college, he was able to successfully debate other Indian nationals, declaring that there is no God. During one debate, a boy questioned: “Sukhwant, you never quote anything from the Bible. Have you read the Bible?” The next morning he decided to look into Christianity.
Soon, a student came to his college with a Bible. He and Sukhwant studied the Bible for weeks. During this time, this Sikh-turned atheist was astounded by what he read. [Source: Global Prayer Digest]
Sukhwant Singh Bhatia
It took months of Bible study with Arup, before Sukhwant Singh Bhatia decided to follow Christ. At age 19, he began to tell classmates that he had been wrong to be an atheist the previous term.
After cutting his hair and removing his turban, (signs that he was rejecting Sikhism), Sukhwant hastily went to the bus stop to flee to New Delhi. A beggar pointed him to a bus going to New Delhi. In New Delhi he could not land a job. Again, a beggar came to his rescue. He invited Sukhwant to sleep in his little hut. The next morning Sukhwant awoke, and the beggar had washed his shirt and socks. No one else had even seen these beggars. Were these really angels?
The Lord provided Sukhwant with work at an advertising agency. Then from 1984 to 1986 he worked for Dr. Ramesh Richard, later a Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) professor, who was pastoring a church. He arranged for Sukhwant to come to DTS. In 1991 he graduated with a Master of Theology degree. Soon after, Sukhwant, along with his wife, Vinita, returned to India, where they planted churches and where he pastored for seven years. In 1998 the two left for the U.S. again, and in 2001 he earned his PhD in higher education from the University of North Texas. [Source: Global Prayer Digest]
from the book EVERYDAY WITH OUR AWESOME GOD, edited by Dr Daniel Sathiaraj — to be published in Feb. 2011