Ed Stetzer wrote about the funeral of Cliff Barrows, an integral member of the Billy Graham Evangelistic movement.
A striking point illustrated how Barrows’ ego was submissive to the cause of the kingdom:
Most clearly, Cliff was not about Cliff.
One of the speakers said that the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association originally had the name “Barrows” in it. (According to Graham’s memoirs, it was called the Graham / Barrows Campaigns.)
As the speaker at the funeral explained, one of the business leaders/supporters suggested that the ministry would be more effective if named the “Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.” Cliff quickly agreed and never spoke of it again.
Cliff was about the mission of Jesus Christ. He was a preacher who gave that up to serve on a team that already had a preacher.
Like Cliff Barrows, may we live our lives in ways that are not focused on ourselves.
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