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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. Sherry Williams says:

    Thank you Billy Graham for teaching me about grace, and the saving blood of Jesus. May we meet in Heaven someday.

  2. Deborah Boschma says:

    Yes, Jesus Christ is the only way. I’m so glad I have him in my life. I couldn’t do some things or be the person I am without His strength and wisdom to guide me.

  3. Veronica Maphike says:

    Great Commission accomplished. Goodnight great general. A life well-lived and job well done. See you in the morning. Rest well!!!

  4. Bill and Glenna Storts says:

    We as a young couple attended your Crusade in southern California, and listened to your radio and television broadcasts throughout the years. We respected you, your family and the great ministry. Praise God for how He used you! To God be the glory!

  5. Theresa Lowther says:

    Thankful for the great contribution Rev. Graham made in this world. I loved his messages. He will be remembered by so many as a great Christian man who gave so much to share God’s message to all people.

  6. Margot Rathje Moenning says:

    I grew up in Wheaton, Illinois, and am very familiar with Wheaton College. I’m grateful for Billy Graham and the wonderful legacy he has given us.

  7. Melva Nelson says:

    Mr. Graham has been a tremendous blessing to so many lives throughout the world. I know he is in heaven in the presence of the Lord.

  8. Nadine Lee says:

    Very humble and truthful representation of what every believer should follow.

  9. Brian Ash says:

    Reverend Graham was a driving force in bringing me to Christ.

  10. Lois Routh says:

    I thank God for Billy Graham and his faithfulness to preach the message of Jesus Christ. It has been an encouragement to me.