I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. II Timothy 4:7 NKJV
On February 21, 2018, the world lost one of the greatest Christian men in history, Rev. Billy Graham. It is reported that he spoke the Word of God to nearly 215 million people in live audiences during his more than 60 years of preaching. That’s more than any other person in history, and of course, that number is magnified into the millions and millions of those who were reached via television, radio, books, recordings and films. Truly, he fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith.
As a very young child, I watched pieces his crusades on television. As a new Christian at the age of 29, I attended my first Crusade event in Columbus, Ohio and then just a year later, worked a crusade in Cleveland, Ohio. I was blown away by the speakers who shared their testimonies and Michael W. Smith and D.C. talk that played at his Cleveland event. It was at the Columbus event that I first felt the call to preach the gospel. I admit that though my hope was and is always to become like Jesus, I wanted to be a little like Billy Graham as well.
Anyone who knew Billy Graham could clearly see that he made it his life’s purpose to share the gospel of Jesus Christ “with everyone who would listen”. Although he has left this life behind, the message he preached will continue to challenge and bless the hearts of millions more through the writings and recordings he left behind—and by those who will faithfully share what he preached, and taught, and modeled for the world.
Just think, if every living person whose life was touched by Rev. Graham would reach out and touch just one other life for Christ what a tremendous impact for the Kingdom of God that would make!
Have you heard him preach? Have you read even one of the many books he wrote? Are you ready to take the step of sharing with another person the blessed gospel of Jesus Christ? The challenge is before you, and the Lord will provide the opportunity. Don’t let it go to waste so that you, too, may be able to say, “I have kept the faith”.
PRAYER: Holy Father, we thank You for the life of a man who served You so well, and for the legacy of his faith and Your faithfulness that he left for us. Grant us the courage and the passion to live as he did, sharing Your love and the offer of salvation to all who will hear.