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Mr. Graham, how would you like to be remembered?


Editor’s note: Before his death, Billy Graham approved the following response as his final My Answer column. Mr. Graham’s column will continue in some form.

I hope I will be remembered as someone who was faithful—faithful to God, faithful to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and faithful to the calling God gave me not only as an evangelist, but as a husband, father and friend.

I’m sure I’ve failed in many ways, but I take comfort in Christ’s promise of forgiveness, and I take comfort also in God’s ability to take even our most imperfect efforts and use them for His glory.

By the time you read this, I will be in heaven, and as I write this I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the day when I will be in God’s presence forever.

I’m convinced that heaven is far more glorious than anything we can possibly imagine right now, and I look forward not only to its wonder and peace, but also to the joy of being reunited with those who have gone there before me, especially my dear wife, Ruth. The Bible says, “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

But I won’t be in heaven because I’ve preached to large crowds or because I’ve tried to live a good life. I’ll be in heaven for one reason: Many years ago I put my faith and trust in Jesus Christ, who died on the cross to make our forgiveness possible and rose again from the dead to give us eternal life. Do you know you will go to heaven when you die? You can, by committing your life to Jesus Christ today.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

Put your trust in Christ today.

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  1. Darrel Shultz says:

    I’m 64. I live in Southern California. My biggest joy as a believer is leading souls to Christ and being a worship leader. Billy Graham has influenced my life greatly in this area of my walk with Christ. I’m so thankful for him and I look forward in reuniting with him and our Jesus in Heaven some day.

  2. Jean Watson says:

    I thank Billy Graham for trying to save lost people. I don’t think we will ever have another human being like him on earth. His life in many ways was like Jesus, trying to give the message about salvation.

  3. Rose Andruska says:

    I am looking forward to seeing all my loved ones who lived believing in Christ Jesus. I am so thankful for the calling and by grace I responded yes to Christ. I am born again!

  4. Linda Newpher says:

    I invited a man to a Billy Graham conference. It changed his life. He has been teaching others about the grace and mercy of God for the past 30 years.

  5. Gail says:

    Billy Graham was a great role model for any Christian. I enjoyed reading his five things he knew about heaven.

  6. Belva Lynn Sorcic says:

    I absolutely adored Rev. Graham. Please continue the wonderful work he began so many years ago.