So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Tend My lambs.” He said to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Tend My sheep. (John 21:14-18).
Friends, do you live your life, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to others? Do you feel the urgency, that people all over the world, must learn about God? That statement has never been more true than now. I can think of one man, who dedicated his ENTIRE life, sharing the message of the gospel to ALL. Feed my sheep he did, and he done it, NOT to receive glory for himself…God received ALL the glory.
Reverend Billy Graham:
Resource: JUST AS I AM: The Autobiography of Billy Graham, HarperCollins Publishers, 1997.
Billy was born on November 7, 1918 in a small town outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, and grew up on the family dairy farm. One evening Billy heard Dr. Mordecai Fowler Ham speaking at an evangelistic meeting, and was convicted of his own sinfulness and rebellion.
Billy said he finally came to understand his need, for a personal relationship with Jesus, at Dr. Ham’s meetings. He felt that the Graham family’s consistent Bible reading, prayer, and church attendance was valuable; but he still felt empty inside, restless and resentful of all the work he was doing to earn his way to heaven.
Near his sixteenth birthday in 1934, Billy went forward at a Dr. Ham meeting and committed his life to Christ. Billy’s heart was completely surrendered to Jesus Christ at that point, and the foundation was laid for his future ministry to people around the world.
In 1938 while taking his nighttime walks around the golf course, Billy got down on his knees at the edge of one of the greens, prostrated himself before the Lord, and prayed, “O God, if You want me to serve You, I will.” From that night on, Billy’s life purpose was set.
Billy Graham led many Crusades in his lifetime. He went all over the world, spreading the gospel. He is one man no one can say, he didn’t do his part of the great commission. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20).
The Graham Family Home where Billy grew up has been restored and moved to the Library site as well, and Ruth’s grave presides over the entrance surrounded by beautiful flowers. Etched on her gravestone, visitors read, “END OF CONSTRUCTION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE.” Apparently Ruth once saw a similar sign along the road and it reminded her of God’s patient care in preparing her (and the rest of His children) for Heaven.
Many personal items from Billy’s and Ruth’s past now reside at the Billy Graham Library. One particularly meaningful item on display is Billy’s “Decision Card” which he completed the day he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. It is dated November 1, 1934 and includes Billy’s teenage signature.
When asked if Billy could live his ministry life over again, would he do anything different, he replied, “I would speak less and study more, and I would spend more time with my family…I would also spend more time in spiritual nurture, seeking to grow closer to God so I could become more like Christ.”
“About one thing I have absolutely no regrets, however,” Billy said, “and that is my commitment many years ago to accept God’s calling to serve Him as an evangelist of the Gospel of Christ.
When Billy gets to Heaven, he says he’s going to ask God, “Why me, Lord? Why did You choose a farm boy from North Carolina to preach to so many people, to have such a wonderful team of associates, and to have a part in what You were doing in the latter half of the twentieth century?”
The answer seems obvious to those of us who have been blessed by more than sixty years of Billy’s evangelistic messages. Perhaps it is precisely because he was a farm boy with a tender heart toward God that he was the one called to preach God’s truth and grace to the world.
Born and Passing: November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018
What a legacy Billy has left behind Friends. I have heard many times that he stated, “My home is in Heaven. I’m just passing through this world.” 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 have changed my address. I will have gone into the presence of God.”
Friends, can you vision the scene, when Billy walked through the pearly gates of Heaven. I picture Jesus standing there with open arms, to embrace him saying, “Well done my good and faithful servant.” Through Billy’s crusades, I am more than certain, thousands upon thousands, of lives were changed, because of him being obedient, and preaching the words of Jesus Christ. Can you imagine how many crowns the Lord has laid at his feet.
In my opinion, if you and I were half the Christians Billy was, we can be making a difference too. I live in North Carolina, and I was blessed and humbled to be able to witness the motorcade traveling through. To be honest, it was very emotional. It was a privilege, to pay honor and respect, to one of the greatest Men, this world will ever know. He was known as America’s Pastor.
This Blog post is dedicated, in the Honor of Billy Graham’s dedication, to my Lord and Savior…Jesus Christ. Thank You for all you have done, to reach many lost souls, and for Always using Biblical Truth, and never swaying from the gospel. You have definitely changed my life.
Your Sister in Christ
Hey Friends. Thank you for taking time out of your day, to spend a few moments in mine. As a follower of Jesus Christ, it’s important to me to share the gospel with you. I write about my ups and downs, my struggles and insecurities, but above all else, I share how God brings me through it all. Let’s continue our walk with Christ together.