I guess all of us in evangelical Christianity have a Billy Graham story. Mine is kind of new and it involves my grandson, Grant.
Grant just turned nine. He has been talking with his parents for over a year about professing faith in Christ. He is shy and retiring and communicates with others through his not-shy, not-retiring sister, Faith.
But he has been in a state of what we used to call “conviction.” He has been thinking about it all and his waters run deep.
More than a week ago now he asked his dad to talk with him one more time. Dad did, and Grant prayed to receive Christ as Savior. When it was done, Dad asked him to recount what he did and why he did it.
Grant said, “It was like that man said on T V. You have to ask Jesus into your heart and tell people about it.”
Dad asked him what he meant about the man on TV. They traced his story back and remembered Grant had spent an hour in front of the TV with his toys, watching an old Billy Graham Crusade video from 1981. He stopped playing when they got to the invitation time. He started to formulate thing a year ago but he assimilated it all watching a grainy video from over 30 years ago.
So, that is my Billy Graham story for today. Nothing takes away from the work of God, the Holy Spirit, or the foreknowledge of God the Father, or the obedience or sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ, not to mention the work of teachers and parents.