Our Shared Legacy

A Christian hero died yesterday.

 

A modern-day prophet of sorts. Everyone knew of him. Some knew his message. Some accepted his message, and for them it was a life-changing turn toward Christ.

He knew this would happen... someday.

Absent from the body and present with the Lord. Nine months before his 100th birthday.

Billy Graham.

Billy Graham Our Shared Legacy encourage Mom https://encouragemom.com/

I personally knew little of the scope of his ministry until recently. I’ve since read quite a bit and marvel at the grand ways God used him to spread the gospel in the USA and around the world.

It is also great to see into the personal side of such a public person, as seen in this article in Christianity Today. (This brief appearance of Billy Graham sharing the gospel on the Johnny Cash show is inspirational too)

Billy Graham memorial plaque Billy Graham Our Shared Legacy encourage Mom https://encouragemom.com/

This plaque is on the 18th green at our local golf club. Yesterday, after hearing of his passing, I stopped to snap a photo of it. The local news station was there too, taking video of the memorial and the flowers that people had already placed.

What I love seeing now, as the passing of Billy Graham is news, is people lining up to tell how Billy's ministry affected their lives. This bold testimony by Kathie Lee Gifford when the news broke absolutely brought me to tears! What a platform and tremendous audience she had that morning on TV, and she used it to share the truth of the gospel. 

Beautiful.

We can share in the legacy of Billy Graham, as Kathie Lee did when she chose to open up about not just what a great man he was, but how the gospel... the good news of Jesus... can give us peace as nothing else can. How we can KNOW where we are going after we die if we accept what Jesus did for us on the cross as payment for our sins.

It is always easier to simply nod or say something polite or non-confrontational. We experience no resistance with that option. But when there's a chance to talk about God’s plan and truth from the Bible, “… we may boldly say, THE LORD IS MY HELPER, AND I WILL NOT FEAR WHAT MAN SHALL DO UNTO ME.” Hebrews 13:6.

Yes, spiritual discussions can cause discomfort. But when our words can steer others to God, there is incomparable joy in being part of the process!

Luke 15:7a shows a glimpse of the spiritual realm in Jesus’ words “I say unto you that likewise joy shall be in Heaven over one sinner that repenteth…”

So, we can choose.

Choose to share in the legacy of Christians before us who used the platform given to them for God’s glory instead of shying away and being silent.

 

Billy Graham Tallahassee Florida 1961 Billy Graham Our Shared Legacy encourage Mom https://encouragemom.com/

Billy Graham- Tallahassee, Florida 1961

 

I say we choose to share in the legacy.

 

We can do that by speaking the gospel, the good news of Christ, when we

  • open our Bible (or Bible app) and share a verse to encourage someone.
  • boldly say “praise the Lord” when something works out well or we are complimented (since all good things come from Him (James 1:17)
  • if we say “Lord willing!” when discussing plans for the future*

If you are a Christian, you are Billy Graham's sister in Christ.

We are Kathie Lee's sisters in Christ, you are my sister in Christ {hugs!}

and we can stand on the Bible and share truth... even when our voices shake.

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* James 4:15 “For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.”

 

PS, here's a quick overview of spiritual revivals in American 

https://www.sharefaith.com/blog/2016/06/5-great-american-revivals/

and if you're more of a history buff, here's part of a deeper book written in 1912

https://www.gospeltruth.net/Beardsley/beardsleych5.htm