Leaving a legacy: What will your story be?
With the recent passing of Billy Graham, I can’t help but think about the legacy of this one mans life. Thousands of people across the world came to celebrate his life and attend his funeral. His death is proof of a life lived well. In his lifetime he preached to over 215 million in 185 countries and over 3 million have come to Jesus through his ministry. Yet I believe this is only the beginning. I truly believe his death holds significance and will usher in the next great awakening in our nation. He has paved the way, and now the baton is being passed on.
So who will be the Billy Graham’s of our generation? I don’t believe we are in lack of people in ministry, but I do believe we are in lack of people willing to leave a legacy like one of Billy Graham.
Because we have become more concerned with building a platform than developing a prayer life in the secret place. We have invested more time and energy planning and executing revivals than we have praying for a true move of God to awaken a generation.
There was nothing special about Billy Graham, in fact, he was a simple man with a simple message. What set him apart was his years of preparation. His humility and his prayer life. It was nothing he did on his own that led him to have one of the biggest platforms in Christian history. Anyone can draw a crowd and grow a platform, but this was never his goal. His focus was on preaching the gospel and God is the one who elevated him. If we will adopt these same principles, we too can leave a mark on this world.
You already have everything you need within you to make a difference and live a life that people will be impacted by long after your years on earth.
We often don’t like the idea of hiddenness. With social media, nothing is hidden anymore. All of our best ideas, greatest thoughts and spiritual insight are being posted for the world to see. We’re so concerned about the filters we use and the graphics we choose, that we leave our spirt out of the picture.
But Billy Graham didn’t go from working on a farm to standing in front of crowds overnight. And neither did Jesus.
This is why Jesus told us in Matthew 6:6 to embrace the secret place:
"But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."
With the amount of access we have to everyone else’s lives, it can be hard to truly determine what God has specifically called each of us to do and the legacy we are building with our lives. The secret place is where we find who we really are. The secret place is where it starts.
I want to leave you with three things that we will develop from spending time in the secret place and that will help us live our one life well here on this earth.
1. A pure heart.
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. | Matthew 6:20-21
2. A humble Spirit.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you. | 1 Peter 5:6
3. A good name.
Choose a good reputation over great riches; being held in high esteem is better than silver or gold. | Proverbs 22:1