[vimeo id="79124148"] I recently came across an interesting article by Relevant magazine which focused on the legacy of Billy Graham. The article brought forth a sobering reality about the apparently fading legacy of Reverend Billy Graham. It stated that Billy Graham’s story is “rapidly receding into the mists of history.” It made the point that most people – 30 years and under – do not know who Reverend Graham is. I think this is sad; however, I believe the article was slightly misleading as well.
The idea of a legacy is misconstrued with fame and ensuring one’s survival on the pages of history. The truth is that the most powerful legacies are built in the hearts of the people they impacted. The legacy of Billy Graham will live on with the millions of people that his ministry touched. However, I’m confident that his main motivation was not to etch his name in the history books, but rather etch the name of Jesus on all the hearts he could possibly reach with the gospel. It’s the legacy of Jesus that all ministry leaders should work to advance.
I think we can all learn something from this message. We should never commit to ministry because we want to become famous rock stars. If that’s the reason we’re getting into ministry, then we’ve already missed the point. The main focus of any ministry is to make the name of Jesus famous and not our own. A legacy that is truly worth building is one that glorifies God and builds people up through the implantation of our divine design. We must be intentional with our lives and invest in other people with how God designed us.
I believe that Reverend Graham accomplished exactly that. His ministry was all about making Jesus famous. He dedicated himself to advancing the gospel.
Now there’s nothing wrong with being affirmed in your position of ministry. After all, we all need encouragement from time to time. However, the pursuit of your own fame through the pulpit is more than missing the point. If this begins to happen, then we’re in danger of becoming the Pharisees of this age.
Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things will be added to you.” - Matthew 6:33. Let’s all remember the one who deserves His legacy to be built. Let’s make His name known.
What are your thoughts? What do you think a true legacy looks like?