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March 2018 Newsletter

An ongoing series of informational entries

Living Faithfully Each Day, Reaching One Person at a Time

By Laurie Nichols

March 1, 2018

The great preacher Billy Graham has passed away at the age of 99. Having preached to more than 200 million people in his life, his legacy is powerful and rich; the trail of gospel seeds he left nearly endless. And yet, as I reflect on his life, it is not the number of people who came to faith because of his faithfulness, but his faithfulness alone.

Period. In fact, Graham once said, “I haven't written my own epitaph, and I'm not sure I should.

Whatever it is, I hope it will be simple, and that it will point people not to me, but to the One I served.”

His legacy is powerful because of his faithfulness. When we look at scripture and think of the faithful, our eyes are likely immediately pulled to Hebrews 11, which includes “a great cloud of witnesses.”

These are men and women of the faith who were held in high esteem and who did mighty things for God.

But it is not about doing big things, or leading many to Jesus. It’s about faithfulness. Luke 21:1-4 tells of a good story:

And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”

God’s eye is on the sparrow. It’s on the single mother who is trying to provide for her kids. It’s on the refugee who is without home or family. It’s on the lowly, the defeated, the marginalized, the traumatized, the lonely.

Graham once said, “I don't need a successor, only willing hands to accept the torch for a new generation.”

We must be the willing hands, who, one by one, reach into our hurting and lost world and bring people, one by one, to Jesus. Faithfulness must, and can, be our rich and lasting legacy if we take it one day—one person—at a time.