I got saved in 1985 and was introduced to Christian music by a fiend of mine. We would listen to Amy Grant in her car on the way to business college. One of the songs that I loved to sing for it’s upbeat tempo and the way it made me feel was “Sing Your Praise to the Lord”, which is actually a song written by Rich Mullins.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to review a copy of Ragamuffin, which is based on the life of Rich Mullins.
I didn’t know it at the time, but my Christian walk was deeply impacted by songs written and/or performed by Rich Mullins. When I first started attending Church, Awesome God was sang almost weekly, and during a particularly hard time in my life Hold Me Jesus brought me much comfort.
I was deeply touched by the account of Rich Mullin’s life. Here was a man who could have had fame and fortune, and he gave it all up to follow Jesus, longing to live a simple life. He never profited much from his earnings. He took an allowance from all monies he received and instructed his accountant to give the rest away to the poor, never knowing what he really ever earned.
Rich struggled to find his identity and purpose in life. He was different and I believe he knew he had a heavenly purpose. Despite a broken relationship with his earthly Father, Rich finally comes to understand the deep and abiding love of his Heavenly Father. All he ever wanted was to be like Jesus.
Overall, this movie had a huge impact on my heart. I found myself asking, “Would I be willing to give it all up to follow Jesus?” Rich was a man seeking to know God and be known by him. We could do well following his example.
Watch the movie trailer below.