If you did not already hear the news, today Rev. Billy Graham was promoted to his eternal home in Heaven to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Rev. Graham was 99 years old and “some 77 million saw him preach in person while nearly 215 million more watched his crusades on television or through satellite link-ups, a Graham spokeswoman said.”¹
Rev. Graham helped bring religion into the television age. He first put together a television show, which was eventually syndicated, in 1951 and began live broadcasts of his revival meetings in 1957 from New York’s Madison Square Garden.²
He will be remembered as possibly the greatest evangelist of the 20th Century and there are few people who do not know his name and that he preached the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
He is also famously known for never meeting alone with a woman other than his late wife, Ruth. This is something that he was mocked for many times but now isn’t it interesting how that policy kept him from any hint of scandal in this day and age of the #MeToo movement.
But my question to you is how do you want to be remembered?
When you pass away will people think of you as someone who was kind and considerate, willing to listen, help people in need, think of others first, treat others with respect and dignity, hard-working either at home or in the work-place, patient, slow to anger, enjoyed sharing the Gospel and your love for Jesus (not religion)?
Or will people remember you as someone who was always in a hurry, short-tempered, sarcastic, mean, selfish, critical and demeaning, narcissistic, uncaring, foul-mouthed, too busy working to spend time with your family, prone to road rage, impatient?
Please understand that I myself am guilty of all these things and more, so I am not above reproach by any means. But thanks to the amazing Grace and Mercy of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, I AM forgiven and I no longer have to worry about these transgressions being held against me when I die.
I also no longer suffer from these character defects or problems, all of which I was guilty of at one time or another in my 49 years before I was saved. Do I still sin? Of course, but not nearly as often and some of these listed above, no longer, period.
But this is not about me. This is about you and how you want to be remembered.
If you are not certain about your legacy and eternal destiny, please leave a comment below (your email will not be displayed) or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I truly care!
I pray that my precious daughter and other family and friends will remember me as someone who loved Jesus and wanted to help as many as I could to get to know Him as well, that they noticed a difference in my life since Jesus gripped me with His Grace, that I always did my best to have a smile on my face and encourage others.
And oh, by the way, this is the final song that my family and friends will hear when they roll the casket out after the celebration of life service (no funeral!). And since I like loud music, well …
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’
“Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’
“Then they also will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’ Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.’ And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”—Matthew 25:31-26 NKJV