The Bible teaches us that at the end of it all, our acts will accompany us when we stand before God (Rev. 19:8b). It is also noteworthy that one of the key thing that lives on after we are gone is our legacy…that is how well we conducted ourselves while on earth; or otherwise.
Billy Graham on 7th November, 2017 as he celebrated his 99th Birthday, those who have walked alongside him in different capacities made notable reflections about him… how he has persevered for a long time in his ministry; how he has upheld his spiritual proclamation and it rhymes with his spiritual integrity; at every opportunity he reminds people around him about how much Christ loves them and soon Jesus Christ is coming back for his own. One person noted that as they celebrated Billy Graham’s Birthday, it was a time for personal reflection…hopefully today is our opportunity to reflect on the kind of legacy we are weaving into place with our own very actions and decisions.
Still in this month November 2017, another man of 93 years has been greatly spoken about, now the former President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe. At the point of his disgrace when his countrymen who once professed to dearly love him were sending him home in no uncertain terms; I pondered further on a person’s legacy. Mugabe began his journey of leadership with great passion for his country. He formed a movement to liberate his countrymen…but somewhere… he went off track. Could it be that his ‘voice of reason’ misled and wrongly influenced his decision-making bringing such dishonor to him?
Who is your ‘voice of reason’? The Word of God says, “Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into Judgment, including every secret thing whether it be good or whether it be evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Yet again, God says, “Do not offer any part of yourself to sin as an instrument of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God as those who have been brought from death to life; and offer every part of yourself to him as an instrument of righteousness.” Romans 6:13
Billy Graham chose God to be his ‘voice of reason’ and followed through to be wise in the ways and teachings of the Lord God. The ‘richness’ reflected in his kindness, gentleness and love for others bears greatly on the legacy he has been weaving with the help of the Lord Jesus Christ into a well spent life that brings glory and honor back to God.
Who is your voice of reason?