Published March 1, 2016
In 2015, Sir Nicholas Winton died at the age of 106. Maybe you've never heard of him. I hadn't.
Sir Nicholas Winton was a British stockbroker. But, just before World War II, he organized the rescue of 669 Jewish children destined for Nazi concentration camps and, in all probability, destined for death. For 50 years his achievement went unrecognized and the story of Nicholas Winton only emerged when his wife Greta came across an old leather briefcase in an attic and found lists of the children and letters from their parents. He hadn't even told her of his role during the war.
He said that he was not a hero.
In 2001, Nicholas Winton was the guest of honor at the film premiere of his story in Prague. Winton was invited by Czech president Vaclav Havel. Unknown to him, around 250 of the children that he saved were at the event, as well.
The moderator asked anyone Nicholas Winton had saved to stand.
One by one they stood. Then Nicholas Winton, who was seated in the first row, stood and slowly looked at each of them. Without saying a word, he sat back down. No words were said, but he used fingers from both hands to wipe the tears from his eyes.
What a story and what a humble response.
When we get to heaven, we'll be given rewards for our work for the Lord. Who would stand in your honor, if God were to ask people in that audience who was instrumental in their salvation? Whose life have you touched for the Lord? With whom have you shared Jesus? Who have you encouraged in their walk with the Lord? Have you asked the hard, but necessary questions? Have you made a difference in where someone will spend eternity?
I want to feel the tears in my eyes as I look at lives I have touched for God. I want to hear, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant... Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord."
(Some of the information for this piece was taken from Sir Nicholas Winton's biography.)
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