It was just like any other Wednesday until the man on the radio said that Billy Graham had passed away. As a North Carolina girl, the name Billy Graham was one I heard from the time I was small to even know in my thirties. It is a name that I have shared with my own children and a legacy that has surpassed anything I have ever known in my lifetime.
Billy Graham cannot be compared to anyone. He was truly a man used of God simply because of His willingness. There wasn’t anything that set him apart from the rest of the world, other than his desire to preach the truth of the Gospel to the world no matter the cost. What an incredible and inspiring legacy he has left here on this earth.
Even in his passing, they have played his words on the radio and social media, the world is flocking to read of this man who served Jesus, and even in his death, the Gospel is still going forward. You see, the Gospel will not die with Billy Graham, but as he said himself, “I don’t need a successor, only willing hands to accept the torch for a new generation.” I cannot escape what feels like an incredible challenge to grab the torch. The relay of faith is truly in the hands of our generation now.
The torch of the Gospel that will go on until the end of the age is our responsibility. Will we carry it? Will we be as Billy Graham was, someone who took the Gospel as far and wide as our physical bodies can take it? Will we trust God enough to use us, even those of us who feel like we are nothing spectacular and don’t have much to offer?
Billy Graham was a world changer, he wasn’t hung up on politics or scandal, he was all about Jesus. I pray the same is said of me at the end of my days that I carried the torch of the Gospel well. Because it doesn’t end with us, our children will be the next to take up this relay, the next generation may carry this torch into even darker times. Will we have carried it well enough that they will be ready?
Billy Graham had a way with people, he had a way to not shame you for your sin but point you to redemption. He didn’t get wrapped up in political things but proclaimed the Truth and peace to a dying world.
We are now charged to go forward, this great pillar of faith’s example leading the way.
The torch has been passed. Will you carry it?