The Rev. Franklin Graham told students at Liberty University on Monday that they must become “fishers of men.”
“There are always excuses, there are lots of excuses, but (God) wants obedience,” Graham told students at the Liberty University Convocation in Lynchburg, Va. “When you obey, and when you follow Him, and when you serve Him, and give Him your life — if you do that, you will never, never come to regret it, I promise you that.”
Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham, is president and CEO of both Samaritan’s Purse and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He is also the author of “Rebel with a Cause.”
In sharing his personal testimony in his sermon, Graham discussed how he ran from God — not out of disbelief but because he refused to allow anyone else to control his life.
He was 22 when he came to Christ — and he “meant it,” Graham told the students.
Graham then followed God’s call to serve the lost and hurting throughout the nation and all over the world.
“You have to be willing to give up everything,” he said.
Graham added — citing Luke, Chapter 5 — that Jesus “is calling us today to be fishers of men. Are you willing to fish?”
But to be fully devoted to Christ, one must have the power of the Gospel, he said.
“There is Holy Spirit-filled power in the Gospel message,” Graham said. “If you want to catch men, if you want to reach people with the truth of the Gospel, you want to see people’s lives changed, you want to see people come to faith in Jesus Christ, you have to have the power of the Gospel.”
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