One of the things that I like about Graham is that his message is always so simple – basic, down-to-earth, no hype or pretense. Yet, when you hear him, you realize that if you were to truly get it, this is all you really need to know.
As usual, interwoven throughout his teaching was his revelation of the goodness and kindness of God. At times, I wanted to smack my forehead wondering, “why do I forget?” I know these things. At what point do my thoughts get twisted around and mired in things that don’t really matter?
That is what the body is for though, isn’t it, to remind one another of who we are and who God is to us.
He spoke quite a bit about the present/future aspect of our lives, that while we have a present reality, our future is already a present reality to God. I appreciated how this gives a more organic understanding of the nature of prophecy than the gifts-focused emphasis that prophecy has had in the church.
With a present/future understanding we can co-labor with one another and with God, moving towards His vision for our future, both corporately and individually.
One area of this that Graham highlighted was accountability. He said – What if accountability wasn’t about judgment and correction? What if it was about having friends who know and understand the dreams that God has for you? And what if they care about you enough to remind you of those dreams and promises when you need to be encouraged? Therefore rather than looking for areas of failure in your life, they are instead looking for opportunities to hold you up and support you.
For me personally, I didn’t take away anything specifically earth-shaking. I was encouraged, especially to trust in regard to our future, that God can bring about the things that He wants to accomplish in us. I was also encouraged that an understanding of the goodness of God can minister reconciliation and redemption in very ordinary circumstances. I was reminded of what an incredible love we ambassador to those around us.
As Graham would say, “That is flippin’ good news!”