One Life

Today America's Pastor in his death is preaching one last sermon. News outlets all over the world are announcing his passing and reflecting on his life, and the articles are full of quotes and clips from the great preacher, once again telling the world there is a loving God who wants a relationship with all those who do not know him. It is only fitting that in Reverand Grahams death Christ would be proclaimed one more time! This man filled stadiums all over the world to proclaim the message of repentance and grace through Jesus Christ.  This man sat in counsel with US presidents and world leaders. This man advocated for the poor and the disabled to have equal access to the gospel message. This man had a faithful marriage to his wife and raised a God loving family.  And this man has me reflecting on how powerfully influential and far-reaching one person's life can be when they are faithful to share the good news. The influence you are probably thinking I am referring to is the nearly 2.2 billion people through, radio, TV and crusades  Billy Graham preached to in his lifetime, but I am thinking back to a story I heard of how Billy came to know Christ. The man of significant influence that I am referring to was not a great evangelist or a preacher he was just a faithful Sunday school teacher who was praying for the boys in his class to come to Christ.  Edward Kimball felt God's call to go share with one of the boys from his class named DL Moody, so one day he entered the shoe store where Moody worked and through a nervous gospel presentation led him to the Lord.  The Ministry of Moody would go on to lead a man named FB Meyers to the Lord, Meyers would influence a struggling pastor named J Wilber Chapman to Jesus who would go on to lead a baseball player named Billy Sunday to Christ. It was Billy Sunday who invited Mordecai Ham to host a crusade in Charlotte NC. On October 8, 1934, a discouraged Ham wrote a prayer on his hotel stationery that said, "Lord, give us a Pentecost...pour out thy Spirit tomorrow." That next day the prayer was answered in ways no man could imagine when a young 16-year-old named Billy Graham surrendered his life to Christ. Friends, not many of us will be a Billy Graham but don't underestimate the power of one life, the Sunday school teacher, the shoe salesman, the struggling pastor, the baseball player and the discouraged evangelist might just be the path God uses to reach the ends of the earth with his love and truth.  God is weaving a masterful plan to lead every tongue tribe and nation to himself, let us not miss out sitting on the sidelines waiting for Billy Grahams to share the message of Jesus to a dying world. I know people are sharing quotes and stories about Billy Graham today but if you want to honor Billy's legacy or more importantly Jesus's find someone who needs to know they are loved, tell them there is a God, and he loves them. This God's name is Jesus, and if they want to walk with you for a bit, you can introduce them because Jesus died so that this meeting could happen.  Christians, let's take our ordinary lives and let God do extraordinary works, because the same Holy Spirit who lived in Billy Graham lives in you.

 

 

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Rachel Baxter