I was on my way to work this morning when I heard the news that famous American evangelist Billy Graham had passed away in his home at the age of 99. My first thought was, “Finally.”
Not “finally- it took him long enough to do it,” or “finally that man has been silenced.” No, it was neither of those, not even close.
It was, “finally, he got to go home.” It didn’t matter how good or bad my day was, I knew Billy Graham was having his best day, and that made me smile. Unlike many, I didn’t grow up on Billy Graham sermons, I never saw one of his big revival meetings, but his name has been present my entire life. They said on the radio this morning that throughout history, he was the one man that met the most people ever– and that statistic became even sweeter when I thought about how he brought Christ to most of them. Well done, sir, what a legacy to leave behind.
Most of us will not be called to go and preach the Word to masses of people. We likely won’t visit third world countries and translate the Bible into native tongues. Our spiritual resumes may pale in comparison to the giants of the faith, but each believer is called to minister in their corner of the world- their families, their friends, their place of employment, the grocery store, the gas station, the library, the local McDonald’s. Those are the mission fields most of us encounter. So while our legacy might not be millions of saved souls, let us strive to leave a legacy, one that’s worthy of a “Well done, good and faithful servant.”