Last post in my Billy Graham blog series:
Graham has stated that the first question he is going to ask when he gets to heaven is “Why me, Lord? Why did you choose a farm boy from North Carolina to preach to so many people, to have such a wonderful team of associates, and to have a part in what you were doing in the latter half of the twentieth century?” Indeed, Graham has experienced lives transformed and the spiritual climate of the world altered during his lifetime and through his ministry. Regardless of the amount of success in his crusades, Graham and his wife, Ruth have always maintained a humble perspective concerning their involvement. Concerning one particular revival, Ruth stated, “We felt we were just spectators. God was doing something, and Billy and I were just watching.”
While there exist many obvious reasons to why Graham was used in such a mighty way during his lifetime, the one reason that unites all others is his own personal intimacy with God. Without his close proximity to God, he would never had possessed such a genuine love for lost souls. Had he not made it a priority to live closely to Jesus, he would have never held so strongly to biblical convictions. If he was not intimate with God, he would have never cared about improving organizational matters in order to bring others closer to God. Above all the many lessons ministers can glean from Billy Graham, every Christian should marvel at what an Almighty God can do through an ordinary dependant soul who is close to Jesus.