Well Done, Billy Graham FeaturedWritten by James F. Linzey
By James F. Linzey, D.D., Special to ASSIST News Service
SAN DIEGO, CA (ANS – March 6, 2018) -- I can only imagine what Billy Graham’s homecoming to heaven was like. Face-to-face with his Savior, Jesus Christ, and hearing the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Then once more holding his beloved wife, Ruth, in his arms and recalling happy shared times. Laughing in awe and wonder as they explore a small area of Eternity together.
Then the news spreads that Billy Graham is home and from all over Heaven they come: Men, women, boys, and girls -- multitudes from the nations of Earth -- who accepted Jesus as Savior in Billy’s worldwide crusades. They share their stories of how the Word of God that Billy preached touched their souls and they responded to God’s provision of salvation in Jesus. They tell how their life on Earth was changed and how awesome is their eternal home in Heaven.
Certainly, Billy Graham could sum up his life with the words of the Apostle Paul in I Timothy 4:7. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith.
He fought a good fight.
He was commissioned in the Army of God not only to stand against evil, but also to combat it with the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. He did this for over six decades, never attacking evil in his own strength, but always in the strength of God. He overcame evil with good -- with the good Word of the Gospel, with the knowledge of the goodness of God, with the invitation for all who would believe to accept salvation in Jesus. And millions came.
He finished his course.
He devoted his life to the calling of God to preach the good news of God’s love and salvation. Billy Graham did not apply for the job. God called him to be an evangelist and preach the Gospel. He responded to that call, not knowing where it would take him, but knowing the One who would take him through the doors of His choosing. And those doors were many as well as diverse. Millions throughout the world accepted Christ as Savior in citywide crusades, via television and radio, or from reading his more than 30 books. He never built a mega church, but pastors and congregations from many denominations came together in his crusades to minister to those responding to the message of salvation in Jesus.
He kept the faith.
First, he kept the faith in his personal life. A devoted husband to Ruth throughout their marriage. His love for his wife was evident. Never did a breath of scandal touch his life or ministry. His legacy as a father is evident in the lives of his children. And he kept the faith in his ministry, remaining true to the message that God entrusted to him: All have sinned and are in need of a Savior. God sent His only begotten Son to be that Savior. And all -- whosoever will -- may be saved.
Well done, Billy Graham.
Photo captions: 1) Ruth and Billy Graham, now together again in heaven. 2) George Beverly Shea sings to sailors aboard USS Coral Sea, at the invitation of Chaplain Stanford E. Linzey, Jr., July 28, 1971 (US Navy Photo: Released). 3) Chaplain Stanford Linzey (middle) invited George Beverly Shea (left) and the Rev. Grady Wilson (right) of the Billy Graham team to minister aboard the USS Coral Sea, July 28, 1971, during the Oakland Crusade in 1971 (US Navy Photo: Released). 4) Photo: Billy Graham with a younger Jim Linzey at Fuller Theological Seminary before a West Coast Crusade about 1982.
About the writer: James F. Linzey is the State Chaplain for the California Military Officers’ Association, Chief Editor of the Modern English Version Bible translation, author of Moral Leadership, CEO of Linzey Publishing House, President of Military Bible Association, a speaker for conventions, seminars, and church meetings, and he is an ordained Southern Baptist Convention minister.
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