Big Hill Bible Studies
23 February 2018
Yesterday I noticed a couple things that I'd like to share with you. Most of you know Billy Graham passed away at 99 years of age. I read that he preached the gospel to more people than any other preacher.
Another headline informed us of the loss of life in Parkland Florida from a high school shooting. Parents and students were talking with legislators and the President in an attempt to address the need to stop the mass murdering of students.
As I read both accounts, a thought occurred to me. It was said that Billy Graham preached to over 10 million people in his lifetime. How many of those 10 million accepted Christ from hearing the gospel through him is something we will never know this side of heaven. I also wondered how many children would still be alive today had the gospel been received by those who heard him when he began his ministry in 1947. For over 70 years he pleaded with people to accept Christ. He told them how much God loved them and wanted them to have eternal life with Him. If we as a nation had accepted Christ, the sanctity of life would be preserved and the children of the 40's and 50's who are now the leaders today would have a different outlook. The outlook, I believe, would be different because the families would be Christ centered. This would result in the love of Christ being seen not only in families, but in the schools, and the workplace, and the government, and throughout the nation today.
Here's my bottom line. If one man can reach 10 million people for the Lord, how many can we touch? I believe the problems we face today are not a matter of legislation but a matter of the heart. Our answers don't lie in the hands of man but in the hands of God. Until we have the love of Christ in our hearts we will continue to face the problems we do. Until we learn to love our neighbor as ourselves we are destined to follow the selfishness of the world. Those of you my age remember the pledge to the flag and the morning devotions we participated in each school day. I see a direct correlation in the Lord being taken out of school and the cheapening of life. I suggest we pray for the children and the schools. We stand firm and strong for the Lord in our families and churches. We take the gospel wherever we go and let others see Christ in us. We volunteer to help where needed. We answer God's call on our lives.
Billy Graham was quoted as saying he hope he heard he Lord say, "Well done, good and faithful servant." I pray we hear it too.