Change: A Christian Necessity
Evangelist Billy Graham once said, “My one purpose in life is to help people find a personal relationship with God, which, I believe, comes through knowing Christ." The very life and work of Billy Graham proves that change in our culture is possible and most importantly a necessity. Dedicating his life to the Lord, Graham shocked the world with his convicting revival meetings. He saw how much the World needed change and knew the importance of a relationship with Christ! With the death of Graham this past week, it is a perfect time to reflect on Change.
Change is typically thought of negatively and is often given the cold shoulder. One thing we fail to remember is that the very nature of a Christian is to be changed (reborn). 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV) states, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” Through this, we see the Christians call to seek change. When you accept Christ, recognizing him as your Lord and Savior, your life is expected to Change. Romans 12:2 (ESV) says, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” The Holy Spirit will no longer let you live day-by-day in the sinful routines you had once been accustomed; Our lives are to be transformed to Christ. Although some Life changes may be more visible than a change of the heart, neither should be a one-time change, only happening at salvation. We are not called to the ways of the world, but to Christ. We are called to continuously be changing and transforming our lives! It is a daily struggle of being challenged and changed into God’s likeness. We must die to ourselves daily; Constantly changing the sinful nature of our thoughts and action into Holy ones of God.
Through all his time on earth, Billy Graham was not changed by the world, but continued in leading a world of change. Throughout his life there was an estimated number of 215 million people in live audience revivals that he shared the gospel with, as well as many more through his radio and television programs. If anyone had a grasp on the gospel and the positive change it can have on our culture, it was Billy Graham.
As Christians, we are called to stand up and change the world, not let the world change us. It is time to quite conforming and see how necessary it is to change our world for Christ. I will leave you with this final statement from Billy Graham, "But now we have a choice: whether to implode and disintegrate emotionally and spiritually as a people and a nation -- or, whether we choose to become stronger through all of this struggle -- to rebuild on a solid foundation. And I believe we are in the process of starting to rebuild on that foundation. That foundation is our trust in God."