February 22, 2018

Walt Disney and Billy Graham

Here's a couple of great photographs of two amazing men: Billy Graham and Walt Disney. Two icons of their worlds. 

I cannot get these thoughts out of my head, so I’d like to share them with you.

Like I think Walt was, Billy was faithful to what God would have him do, decade after decade. Always preaching the Gospel and investing into the lives of others. This included many presidents and world leaders because that was also the opportunity and platform God gave him.  He finished well because Billy did what God asked him to do.

By all accounts, you couldn't be around Billy without hearing the truth about Jesus Christ and His Mission to die on the cross for the sins of all who would believe in Him and then to be risen again to life to prove He was God in the flesh- proving His words that He is the only way to eternal life in heaven with the Father. (“I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me". John 14:6) I would bet Walt himself had the message shared with him by hanging around with Reverend Graham. But that's Billy.

What has God asked YOU to do? 

As followers of Jesus Christ, we may not be called to the same things as Billy, and we won’t be held accountable to do what Billy did. Instead we are called to be obedient to share with others exactly where He has placed us.  Each person is given an area and a group of people to reach with the Gospel and to serve in love.  (2 Corinthians 10) What platform and opportunities has God given you?

I wrestle with that at times, staying faithful to the call when times are hard. Don’t you? When we step out, it can be scary.  Friends and family who don’t understand our decision may even criticize us.  Yet, that doesn’t change our mission to be agents of Our Heavenly Father wherever we are placed.

If we love Him, we will do what He commands, responding in words and action to both the Great Commandment (Love One Another) and the Great Commission (Go out into your world and Share What Jesus Has Accomplished through His Death and Resurrection). John 14 tells us:  “15 “If you love me, keep my commands. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

Each of us is empowered by God with gifts to do the work He has called us to, so go forth in His strength. He is with us!

So, again, I ask you what I’m asking myself today, “What has God asked YOU to do?”

Our lives may not be as lengthy as Billy’s, but let’s commit together to live them out in a way that brings Him honor and glory, drawing others to Him!

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