Dr. Zachary Beck
February 22, 2018
A Man of Faith and Messenger of Freedom.
Faithfulness is the “gluing” fruit that will preserve the other fruits of the spirit and identify God’s will so that we can be dependable to God and others. Faithfulness means being unfailing. It is the backbone of all Christian believers. Faithfulness describes a person who is trustworthy and will always stand up for God’s way. It is being true to one’s word, promises, and vows. Embrace faithfulness and sincerity as first morals.
Faithfulness is declared to be great, unfailing, and everlasting. Christians discover their sanctuary and courage in God as revealed in Jesus Christ. Faithfulness works by obeying God. It is the result of the spirit working in us. While possessing faithfulness we spread optimism to those around us, and we can also strengthen the well-being of others. Scripture speaks frequently of God’s faithfulness. Over and over we learn that when God declares He will do something, He does it (even when it seems impossible). When He says something will happen, it happens. This is true for the past, the present and the future.
When a person walks unfailingly with God, in humble service to Him, he or she can be entitled “faithful.” The person who exemplifies faithfulness is William Franklin Graham, Jr. was an American Christian evangelist. He became internationally well-known after 1949. He was looked at as the most significant preacher in the 20th century. Graham preached the gospel to nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries. At the age of 15, he made a commitment to Christ. He was often troubled by the thought of preaching. He was a humble son of a dairy farmer, who shared how his faith in Christ molded and created his career. Graham thought he was not fit to preach, but he let go and let God take control. Graham preached throughout the united states and Europe, emerging as a young preaching evangelist. He ministered around the world, leading people to Christ and expanding the kingdom of God. His counsel was sought by presidents.
Billy Graham did not invent the word evangelical, but he managed to reinstate the words inventive meaning. He preached a message that he believed was meant for all humanity. Graham would talk about a gospel of grace and forgiveness rather than guilt and judgment. He stuck to the fundamentals of faith. He touched the lives of many people. Billy Graham would practice what he preached- he preached love. People who were close to him often described him as down to earth. God had entrusted Billy to keep the nations faith alive.
We can see how Billy exemplifies faithfulness he doesn’t stop trusting God. At one time during Graham’s ministry, when sit-ins and boycotts were causing racial tensions in the south, Graham invited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to discuss the situation with him and to lead the congregation in prayer. This shows that Graham was willing to be identified with the civil rights movement and be allies with the black folks.
Graham was a faithful servant. He put God first in everything he did. Only God knew how Grahams role was important in the world. From beginning on a farm to a local revival to his travels around the world preaching in stadiums filled to the maximum capacity. His job was to spread the love of Jesus Christ with all who would listen. I did not matter who the audience was the message remained the same. It is a strong message, one that comes from the word of God. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16, NKJV).
Billy Graham lived as a man on a mission following God’s calling. The mission was either speaking to a small group of teens or speaking in large stadiums to thousands of people. Billy delivered the message of hope in Christ and that message will remain unchangeable. It was the act of God, just to see how God used Graham’s obedience and faithfulness to go from city to city to preach the gospel. Through Billy God opened hearts and changed minds. Billy’s words were powerful and precise to whoever heard him speak their hearts were touched by the spirit of God.