Who would you say has had the biggest impact on the cause of Christ in recent history?
In light of his recent death, I bet many of you are thinking Billy Graham.
Many consider Billy Graham to be the greatest evangelist of all time, and I tend to agree. Many have referred to him as America’s pastor, and for good reason. It is estimated that through all forms of media that Billy Graham reached over 2.5 Billion people with the Gospel of Christ resulting in over 3 Million salvations.
There is no doubt that Billy Graham was a tool by which God used for several generations and is still using today even in his passing. But I would argue that Billy Graham might not have been the greatest evangelist of all time, at least not in the eyes of Billy Graham.
Hear me out.
Billy Graham did not consider himself a celebrity. In fact, he often referred to himself as a simple farm boy from North Carolina.
You see, we have a problem with putting people on a pedestal and referring to them as great. It gives us a reason to allow them to do God’s work and not us. Billy Graham would not have been the evangelist that we all know if it had not been for a gentleman named Mordecai Ham. Mordecai Ham is most likely a name that you’ve never heard, and for sure not a name that you’ve ever seen listed among the most influential evangelists. But Mr. Ham is the one who led Billy Graham to Christ, and someone led Mordecai Ham to Christ.
Many times we want to leave the evangelism to the evangelist. We want those we love to find a relationship with Jesus, but we want that introduction to be made by someone else, you know, someone who is qualified, like an evangelist.
This was not Jesus’ intention when He gave us the Great Commission. Jesus was not only speaking His last words on this earth, but He was speaking to everyone who puts their trust in Him when He said, “Go and Make disciples of ALL nations.”
Evangelism is defined as the spreading of the Christian Gospel by public preaching, OR personal witness. Yes, public preaching would indicate someone like Billy Graham or your pastor, but personal witness would indicate people just like you and me.
So the next time you are confronted with that person who needs to know Jesus, don’t just pick up the phone and ask your pastor to go see them. Don’t just invite them to church and hope that they’ll hear a message that speaks to their heart.
No, pray for God to give you the words to say and be obedient. Understand that person is not guaranteed another minute on this earth and may not be here for that next sermon or that next service.
Understand that by definition we are ALL called to be an evangelist. We are all called to share what God has done in our life.
Friends, I’m sure that Mordecai Ham had no idea of the impact the person he was leading to Christ in November of 1934 would have on this world. Just like you have no idea what might happen if you simply say to that friend or loved one, “Let’s talk”.
Maybe you’re sitting out there reading this blog and you’re realizing that God is speaking to you in a very different way. Maybe you’ve got knots in your stomach, a lump in your throat, and you’ve come to the realization that you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior.
I’ve got great news! That can change right now. Please head over to www.RunforGod.com/PeacewithGod right now and watch four simple videos. The voice you’ll hear will be Billy Graham himself walking you through the Steps to Peace with God. Don’t wait, head on over right now.
If you like what you’ve heard in this blog, then please like it, comment on it, but most importantly, Share it. You never know who might need to hear the simple truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ today.
Friends I love you all, but more importantly, God Loves You!
Now go tell someone about Jesus!