As a teenager in Peru, in 1962, I met this man. I even have a photograph of him and my dad sharing some thoughts. This hero is Billy Graham.
Short of two month ago my personal hero of the faith finished his journey. In a week it will be two month since my dad left this earth. Ten and a half years ago my dear husband went to be with Jesus. The men I admired are not here anymore.
Who will pick up the mantle? That’s the question I had when finding the news on my Facebook page. And my thoughts went to Elijah and Elisha, two great prophets of God.
When Elijah sensed that it was his time to go, he said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.”
Elisha had seen the hand of God on this man and there was only one thing he wished for, so he said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”
He had asked for a hard thing, but if he saw Elijah being taken from him, it would come to pass. So, as they still went on and talked, “chariots of fire and horses of fire separated the two of them. And Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.”
Then Elisha took up the cloak that had fallen of Elijah. His question was, “Where is the Lord, the God of Elijah?” Then he did the same thing that Elijah had done, he struck the water at the bank of Jordan, and the water was parted, and Elisha went over.
The same God that was with the prophets of old, the God that was with the hundreds of millions that have gone before us, the same God is with us. His arm is not shortened.
“The Lord‘s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save, or his ear dull, that it cannot hear.” Isaiah 59:1
Elisha got his “double portion.” Read 2 Kings the beginning chapters and see some of the miracles performed by him. Even after his death there was a miracle.
Read it here: 2 Kings 13:20.
Billy Graham was called “God’s Ambassador.” He was a good and faithful ambassador. He wanted to be remembered as a faithful servant. Jesus has probably already taken his hand, welcoming him with the words, “You good and faithful servant.”
I have appointments to keep, or I would go on and on. Let me just mention some of the heroes of the faith, who have gone before. Others have picked up their mantles. I want to be one of those picking up Billy Graham’s mantle of bringing the Gospel to the world. You also can pick up the mantle!
- The Apostle Paul, the missionary of all ages
- Martin Luther, the reformator
- William Carey, the Father of Modern Missions
- William Tyndale, one of the many Bible translators
- D.L. Moody, preacher and soul-winner
- Amy Charmichael, who poured out her life for needy girls and boys in India
- Kathryn Kulhman, a remarkable God’s servant
The list would go on, and on… but I have to keep my appointments.
Let’s pick up Billy Graham’s mantle and bring the love of Jesus to the world!