Unless you have been living in a deep, dark cave for the past week, or on a tropical island vacation, you probably heard that Rev. Billy Graham passed away.
What a life that man led! Living to the age of 99 is one thing, but looking back over his legacy is astonishing and inspiring.
I have found myself kind of emotional about his passing. I never met him or knew him, although I did attend one of his crusades while I was in college. I think it was in 2004, so that would put him at about 85 years old. He stood and spoke for a little bit before turning it over to his son, Franklin. I can't remember what he said, but I do remember that an entire football stadium, the Kansas City Chiefs' Arrowhead stadium, was filled to see him. A preacher packing football stadiums...cool.
As I have read over social media yesterday and today, I have seen some amazing quotes. The one in particular that stands out to me is this one.
"Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God."
What peace for his family to know without a doubt that this is true! What hope for believers, and humanity in general, to know that this can also be true for them! For God's word says in Romans 10:9, "If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." If you have declared these truths, that means your future address will also be in heaven!
Besides his preaching abilities, which were definitely God-given, He was able to give counsel to the world's leaders and give Biblical input on some of the most controversial social issues. I mean, he counseled every president since Harry Truman. Truman served from 1945-1953. He even met with Trump on his own 95th birthday.
He had the respect of all political parties. He had wisdom from God. Most of all, he had a passion to lead people to know Jesus as their Savior. He preached the gospel; he preached the Good News.
Perhaps this is what makes me emotional. He was such a Godly man! Who knows how many people he led to Jesus! God gave him an important, huge platform, and he used it, without a doubt. I tear up thinking about him meeting Jesus in Heaven. Can you even imagine the words shared by the two of them? The excitement when Billy Graham met the man who saved his soul and helped him save the souls of many? I get chills thinking about them I as picture the two embracing.
Now, not everyone is a preacher, and not everyone has the kind of stage that Graham had. But we all have a God-given platform. We all have a special gifting from God. How will we use it?
It is every Christian's goal to hear the words that I'm sure Graham heard: "Well done my good and faithful servant" (Luke 19:17). Are we working at our callings? Are we being fruitful?
This challenge and inspiration that I feel from Graham's passing has me praying, "Use me, too, God." I want to share the Good News too.
I just heard an excerpt from an interview of Kathy Lee Gifford on Megyn Kelly's TV show. She said something that struck me. It was something like, "If I have the cure for cancer, am I going to keep it to myself? No, of course not. Well, I have a cure for the despair and hopelessness and malignancy of the soul. It's about a relationship with Jesus, not about religion. We need more Jesus."
Yes, Jesus is the answer. He is the Good News. Graham knew this cure that Gifford mentioned. We know it too. Will we share what the world needs? It is our highest calling and privilege. We get to share this Good News.
****If anyone has questions or would like to know more, I would be more than happy to share more! Please comment if so! We all have to start somewhere in our relationship with God, just like you have to start off with a new friend. And Jesus desperately wants to be your friend.
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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