Our Permanent Home (Thought for March 2018)

March 6, 2018

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It’s not often that a top headline on BBC news at 6pm is Christian in nature, positive rather than negative about someone’s contribution or not directly UK related. The fact that Billy Grahams’ home calling in mid-February did get such coverage just sums up the enormous influence he had during his lifetime and will continue to have through his writings.

However, the newscaster got it wrong! They announced that Billy Graham, the Christian evangelist who is estimated to have been heard by over 210 million people is dead. Not true! This is what he himself said a few years ago. “Someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t you believe a word of it. I shall be more alive than I am now. I will just have changed my address.I will have gone into the presence of God.”

That simple quote summed up not just what he believed, but the eloquence with which he conveyed the Christian truth. I don’t often quote from the NLT but on this occasion, I do like how it fits so well with the sentiment expressed by Billy Graham. Too often we can live as if our time here is “our permanent home” and that distorts who we are and how we live our lives.

Billy Graham repeatedly makes the point that he was an evangelist and that the job of an evangelist is to keep pointing people to Jesus. He did that in quite a remarkable way. However, each of us are called to do the same thing. True he will be remembered most by doing this by holding big public rallies. Some of you may have attended one? I did some forty years ago in Bristol and can still remember it.

The fact that he remained so consistent in his faith over nine decades shouldn’t come as a surprise. Part of his rare ability to convey Jesus to those he was in contact with was the fact he lived each day wanting to be more and more like him. This is evident in another of his famous quotes and a favourite of mine. “Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ. When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. My home is in Heaven. I’m just traveling through this world”.

Let’s take the inspiration we should from this very humble ambassador for Christ and commit ourselves to being more Christ like and asking the Lord to use that as part of the way we too point others to Jesus.

Kevin

Elder

March 2018

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