undreds have written and spoken about American evangelist Billy Graham’s amazing life and witness. I feel, I also should put in my two cents about this great Christian leader who went to be with the Lord recently aged ninety-nine years. Let me mention the four things about Dr Graham, the first full-time worker of Youth for Christ (YFC), that have particularly impacted me.
As a young man, I would be thrilled to hear reports of people coming to Christ at the Graham Crusades. Evangelism was at a low ebb in Sri Lanka in the 1960s. In the ministry of Graham, I saw the glory of the work of reaching out to the lost, and developed these convictions that have not left me more than five decades later:
Every Christian, whether called to be evangelist or not, should dream about reaching the lost and doing all s/he can to promote the work of evangelism.
The message of Jesus and the cross is powerful to save people for eternity. I must never lose my confidence in its efficacy.
Graham brought Christians from different denominations and races together in a grand experience of unity in Christ.
Our God is a great God and can do remarkable things through us as we follow the vision he gives us. We must dream big for God so that we can have maximum impact on behalf of the gospel for the salvation of souls. I am a poor organiser and not a person able to direct big ventures. But I think, over the years, others working with me have carried out some amazing evangelistic exploits for the kingdom.
THE BODY OF CHRIST
Christians may have minor theological and methodological differences among them, but we all belong to the same body of Christ. Our common aim is to serve this body. We may serve it primarily through the group God calls us to work with. But our agenda is only a small part of a whole that constitutes the body of Christ. Graham brought Christians from different denominations and races together in a grand experience of unity in Christ. Graham demonstrated the glory of the unity of the body of Christ, even though some criticised him for this ecumenicity.