A man of honor, renown, faith, and so much more, has joined the ranks of Heaven, in a new capacity today. Though, my condolences, love, and prayers go out to his family, my mourning is for the church.
Billy Graham, a man after God's own heart, has set a wonderful example for us all, but it is not because he was a great man. It was because he *genuinely* gave his life, his heart, his mind, ALL of himself, to God.
I myself have been guilty of going to church to be served, with no thought of how I could serve.
I have been guilty of praising God with my lips, though my heart was focused on the things of the world.
I have been guilty of knowing of a need and leaving it for someone else to take care of.
I've been guilty of keep my mouth closed, when the Holy Spirit has moved me to speak.
I have been guilty of skimming over bible verses or avoiding them all together, as I scroll through my facebook feed.
I have been guilty of sending thoughts and prayers, with no actions.
I have been guilty of living as though this world is my home and this part of my life is all there is to it. All there is to be concerned about.
Billy Graham reminds us of the early church. Their fire, their tenacity, their faith. Through pain and suffering, threats and imprisonment, they refused to hold back the truth.
He is not alone. Many Christians around the world are also living out similar stories to those admirable saints of the New Testament.
But what about me? What about you?
Jesus IS coming. If you've read the book of Revelations, it is already starting. If you haven't, go and read it NOW.
As I live out this life, here, in this world that is not my home, I must also remember what it ultimately means to be in relationship with God, and what it means to be called into His service. Where does my allegiance stand? What am I standing for?
The Bible say, in Joshua 24:14-15 "Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served, beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods that your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."