The angels in Heaven are rejoicing! Another child has come home! And yet, while Heaven celebrates, we who are left here on earth are grieved. We will miss Billy Graham: God’s voice in the wilderness.
His name is known throughout the world, and his fame has spread from nation to nation, yet Billy Graham has always remained a very humble man. Although he met with dignitaries and presidents and queens, he never considered himself to be a celebrity. He loved God, and he lived for God. And his heart was for the people just as his Father’s heart is, and he spent his entire lifetime calling them to repentance.
Billy Graham was called when he was a young man and he spent his entire lifetime preaching the same gospel message until his old age demanded that he stop. There has never been a more faithful servant of God in this last century whose record stands clean for never wavering or altering God’s word. His message was always the same, and the love and peace that shone from his eyes revealed the love of God throughout his life.
Oh, the devil will rise up as he always does, and he’ll bring those unhappy and unsaved people to the surface who will make up lies, and who will spend hours trying to find a way to tarnish the name of Billy Graham. They will feel the need to dig up anything and make up anything to discredit this man—to hurt God. They will say that he robbed the people of their money, or that he cheated on his wife, or that he was a Freemason who served the devil when God wasn’t looking. And they have to do this because the god they serve demands that God in Heaven should not receive any more glory through this man.
And they’ll search for little things to try and prove that he wasn’t perfect. But the fact is, Mr. Graham wasn’t perfect. He was a sinner saved by grace just like every other Christian. And there were likely times in his life when he had to repent for wrong actions, just as we all do because none of us are perfect. Yet he didn’t allow them to stop him from pressing toward the mark. God called him to preach and so, he kept going.
As Christians, we know Mr. Graham as a man who loved God and who obeyed Him. And we praise God for the millions of souls that he preached to and brought into God’s kingdom. We see this man as an example to follow, and as someone whose legacy will forever impact us and encourage us to walk in his footsteps. It’s not about rewards, and it’s not about greatness. It’s about loving God and obeying Him; it’s about sharing the gospel with others and leading them into God’s kingdom just as Billy Graham did.
The calling that God had on Mr. Graham’s life has been passed down through the Graham family, and his son Franklin and his grandson Willie preach with the same power and authority, and with the same love for the lost. And yet, they all grieve for the loss of this precious man because they loved him and looked up to him, and so they need our prayers to get through this difficult time.
Perhaps his voice truly was one that cried in the wilderness, just like John the Baptist. Perhaps he was a type of forerunner for the return of Christ. For over 80 years Reverend Graham called men and women to repentance, and for over 80 years he prayed for their souls. It seems that time is getting shorter, and that sin is getting stronger. Perhaps time really is running out, and the doors of opportunity will soon be closed. Perhaps the season is almost over for that voice crying in the wilderness, “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.”
Billy Graham knew where his home was—it was in Heaven with Jesus. And as age and illness began to restrict his life, he looked more to Heaven every day with enthusiasm. Are you confident that you have a home in Heaven when you die? Have you made Jesus your Lord and Savior? If you are unsure, then call upon Jesus now and accept this as your day of salvation. Ask Him to forgive you for your sins, and to cleanse your heart, and then receive Him as your Lord and Savior. Then read the Bible and get to know God so that you know who it is that gave His life to save yours.
And after we have done what God has called us to do and it’s time for us to go Home, Jesus will say to us, “Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.”—Matthew 25:21
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