In a time when the individual is so often disregarded for the sake of the masses, we forget the immense value God places on a singular soul. Jesus even said that heaven rejoices whenever a single person repents.
In talking about the great evangelist Billy Graham, much is said regarding his incredible global impact, and rightfully so. Over the course of his lifetime, Graham has traveled to nearly every country in the world, preaching the good news of the gospel to countless millions. However, the most beautiful and precious testament to God’s ministry through him is found in the testimony of each man and woman whose testimony begins with, “I attended a Billy Graham crusade.”
From his humble beginnings as a North Carolinian farm boy, Graham surrendered his life to doing the work of Christ. As to what that would look like, he didn’t know. However, Graham has operated in dozens of roles for numerous organizations and movements. Some of those roles include everything from pastoring a church in Illinois, to advising presidents and world leaders.
Despite being offered several prestigious and lucrative employment contracts, Graham never let popularity or material gain stand in the way of his duties as a husband and father, or his calling as a minister. He made it a habit for himself and the people with whom he associated, to maintain a life of strict biblical discipline and integrity (still a very necessary component of his ministry, since he has become such a public figure within and even outside the church). No, he was called to do the Lord’s work, and there wasn’t anything that would stand in the way of him doing just that.
Billy Graham’s ministry is one of evangelism. Though he has preached on myriad topics, the core- message is always the same: “Repent, give your life to Christ, and accept Him as your saviour.” This message has spread throughout the world by means of his literature, radio shows, television broadcasts, and some 400 crusades, where Graham has drawn in crowds of thousands; packing out stadiums and concert halls.
All across the globe, generations of men and women of every walk of life can recall the day the great evangelist Billy Graham came to town, and the hour they gave their lives to Christ. What makes Graham so impactful in so many people’s lives? If you asked him, he would answer you with a single word: “Jesus”.
It is his surrendered and focused heart towards the things of God, and his immense love for people that have driven Graham to become a great influencer of people. His impression throughout the world is so great in fact that even today, in his old age, the ripples of his work carry on, rising up and inspiring new generations of ministers and leaders, more than six and a half decades after his work began.
These are the people who speak about Graham most fondly; the ones who with tears in their eyes recall the man of God who introduced them to their saviour. Graham’s indelible influence on much of this world is more than this article has space to express. However, if you want to hear a real story, seek out one of the millions of people whose lives have been forever changed because of the message Graham delivered, and ask them about the day Billy Graham came to town. His work will not soon be forgotten.