By   •   February 21, 2018   •   Topics: ,


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. Andrew Sauls says:

    Thank you.

  2. Beverly Burgess says:

    Rev. Graham was such a godly man. Praying for his family.

  3. Nancy Ingram says:

    I loved Billy Graham. I became a Christian at 13 years old. I kept up with Billy’s preaching, bought his books and tapes and listened on TV all the time. He was wonderful. He’s in Heaven now with Ruth.

  4. Constanza says:

    Thank you, Billy, for your dedication and wonderful example.

  5. Deborah Gwyn says:

    I’ve looked up to Mr. Graham for 60 years.

  6. Joel kuria says:

    Wonderful memories. I remember the anointing as the song, “Just As I Am” played at the end of his Crusades as thousands responded to Christ. Bill, we will miss you.

  7. Pastor Peter Asiazobor says:

    Great words from a great man who touch millions around the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. I will meet you in heaven, sir.

  8. Thomas. Morris says:

    A light has gone out on earth, but shines brighter in Heaven.

  9. Nancy McDonnell says:

    If only we all could reach that level of faithfulness. 😊

  10. Heloise B. Marsh says:

    God’s comfort for the family. Praise God for Billy Graham and his work for the Lord.