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Q:

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


A:

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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274 Comments

  1. Kimberly Meade says:

    I praise God for Mr. Graham. Your sermons and books have been a blessing. I pray for your family. I am looking forward to the day I get to see you and Mrs. Graham in Heaven.

  2. Kimberly Meade says:

    I praise God for Mr. Graham. Your sermons and books have been a blessing. I pray for your family. I am looking forward to the day I get to see you and Mrs. Graham in Heaven.

  3. Mary says:

    Even though it breaks my heart that Billy Graham moved to Heaven, I find that even in his last writing he is faithful, humble and loved the Lord. That in itself confirms that he truly walked with God like all of us can do. It’s so simple to give your heart to the Lord. God loves us beyond anything we can imagine. —Joy

  4. Timothy Flaherty, MBA says:

    Amen. May eternal light shine upon you, Billy.

  5. Millie Leone says:

    Billy is in heaven with his wife Ruth & most importantly the Lord Jesus Christ. Thank you Lord for the Rev Billy Graham. We will miss him but will see him someday. He is not sick anymore. He is healed.

  6. Christina Tardif says:

    Be of good cheer!

  7. Amy says:

    Amen Rev. Graham. We will miss you but rejoice in your being in heaven.

  8. Derek says:

    Thank you

  9. Mary Ellen bender says:

    Thank you.

  10. Enola Lee says:

    I used to watch his Crusades with my mom as a child.