Sweet friends, what legacy will you leave behind when your time on this world has come to an end? Are you living a life pleasing to God for those who know you?
Today, I want to spotlight a remarkable man of God that leaves a legacy, unlike any human I’ve ever known. I’m referring to Billy Graham. He gave us guidelines on what legacy is important for others to follow.
I can not think of an individual on earth who has left behind a more Powerful Legacy than the man I’m sure comes to your mind also!
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What Legacy should we leave?
I can not think of an individual on earth who has left behind a more Powerful Legacy than the man I’m sure comes to your mind also! Do you live your life sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to others with the urgency that people all over the world must learn about God?
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 has done it NOT to receive glory for himself…God received ALL the glory.
leaving a legacy about the Lord
When I consider what legacy I want to be remembered by I think of the 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 speak at an evangelistic meeting. He convicted him 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 went forward at a Dr. Ham meeting and committed His life to Christ.
What legacy: Life of Surrender
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.
What Legacy: Crusades
Billy Graham led many Crusades in his lifetime, but I wonder if he ever considered beforehand, the value of leaving a legacy so powerful that it’s still impacting lives today!
Billy went all over the world, spreading the gospel. He is one man no one can say didn’t do his part of the great commission and what legacy is all about!
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?”
What Legacy: Life of Hope
The answer seems obvious to those of us who have been blessed by more than sixty years of Billy’s evangelistic messages.
Born and Passing: November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018
WHAT LEGACY: BILLY is a representation to follow
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 because I will be in the presence of God.”
Friends, can you visualize 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, thousands upon thousands of lives changed in being obedient and preaching the words of Jesus Christ. Can you imagine how many crowns our Lord laid at his feet?
In Closing on What Legacy Will You Leave Behind?
In my opinion, if you and I were half the Christian Billy was, we can be making a difference too. What legacy this is for His family.
My husband and I were honored to see the motorcade traveling through North Carolina for His celebration of life. It an honor to take part of and it was very emotional
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 by leaving such a Powerful Legacy to follow.
Be sure to read:
- Stewardship in Christianity
- 30 Bible Verses About Being Complete in Christ
- The Importance of Sharing the Gospel