Have you heard the Mordecai Ham story?. If you are not familiar with him, he was an Independent Baptist evangelist. Before he entered the ministry, he studied at Odgen College in Bowling Green and relocated to Chicago, Illinois, where he engaged in business from 1896 to 1900. He closed the business to devote full-time to the ministry in 1901. Early in his ministry, he was ordained at Burton Memorial Baptist Church in Bowling Green, Kentucky and later began a radio broadcast sharing the Gospel reaching several southern states. Mordecai was also known for holding tent revivals where many souls would come to Christ; some revivals would last for weeks. One night in 1934 while preaching a crusade in Charlotte, North Carolina, a 16 year-old boy came forward to accept Christ. It was William Franklin Graham, Jr., and the world was changed forever! Or as they say, and the rest is history. Little did Mordecai Ham know that God was using him to bring (eventually) the “greatest evangelist of our time” to God’s saving grace. We know him as Billy Graham.
Bottom Line – Who are you influencing and/or affecting in your day-to-day walk with Christ? You may not even know on this side of heaven who you had an impact on. Or turn the question around – Who is influencing you?
Can you imagine the stars in the crown of Mordecai Ham? All by being a willing vessel used by Christ! Had Dr. Graham not passed away earlier this year, last week would’ve been his 100th birthday. However, to quote him, “someday you will read or hear that Billy Graham is dead. Don’t believe a word of it. I am more alive now (in death) than I’ve ever been. I will have just changed my address.”
Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven – Matthew 5:16