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By   •   February 21, 2018   •   Topics: ,

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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212 Comments

  1. Kathy says:

    I reflect back to all the sermons I heard him preach and how I felt such a strong presence of the Lord. I hope Mr. Graham knows how many lives he changed because he followed God’s calling. He will be missed greatly but I am comforted by the fact he is where he has wanted to be his whole life. He has also been reunited with his beloved wife, Ruth. RIP!

  2. Flora Sampson says:

    I accepted Jesus into my heart over 50 years ago at the theater after watching the “Restless Ones and for Pets’s Sakes.” I was a diehard movie fan. Long story short I met my husband after I started attending the church that brought the two movies to town.

  3. Sara Lopez-Rivera says:

    Rest in peace good and faithful servant of the almighty God. To your family, it’s a time for rejoicing not sadness. Know that there is a glorious welcome for him in heaven. Love and peace to you all.

  4. Gwendolyn Felton says:

    This man was truly a man after God’s own heart. May his legacy live on and impact this world today. So many need Jesus now more than ever.

  5. Tumuhairwe Prosper says:

    Man of God it’s so sad that I got to read your message when you’re no more but I am inspired by you. Your trust and faith in the Lord is amazing and admirable. I love you Rev. Billy Graham. Rip legend.

  6. Billy says:

    Truly a man who kept the faith. He not only talked the talk but more importantly he walked the walk. Oh what a reunion I bet that was between Jesus, Ruth and him.

  7. Wayne O’Dell says:

    A most humble servant. Thank you for your dedication and commitment to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

  8. Betty Borucki says:

    He was such a special man. He preached where you could understand.

  9. Paul Rowles says:

    This man has meant a lot to me and my family since 1954 in London. God bless the whole team.

  10. Chri2 King says:

    Billy Graham was an inspiration for me in his radio talks many years ago.