Today is a great day in America. I’m not referring to the election (every other blog on earth is writing about that, but I’ll keep my views in my prayers). I’m referring to the 90th birthday of Billy Graham. What a man of God he is!
I heard him live on two occasions in England when I was just eight. Five years later they had the follow-up “crusade” with live satellite links around the country. I remember sitting there as a whole family in our church party responded to the call and went forward. In my short life I’ve seen leaders fall into disrepute, but not Billy Graham. I have heard the criticisms coming from some quarters, but I have also enjoyed the benefit of being influenced by people saved under Billy Graham’s preaching.
His eyesight is failing, his hearing too, his body is growing weak, but he claims that although the body grows weaker, the spirit doesn’t have to as well. He is writing another book. He is still a man of prayer. Perhaps in Billy Graham we see a great example of a man of God who has lived out an Acts 6:4 life – prioritizing prayer and the Word. As his spokesman Larry Ross said, “The lion still has a roar!”
Let’s praise God for the privilege we have of seeing Billy Graham press on to the finish line. Let’s pray that we will each be as faithful, as humble, and as prayerful as Billy Graham. We may not preach the gospel live to 215million people, but let us give everything we can in the ministry God gives to us and try to finish as well as Billy Graham.