The information on this page is designed to help you think through the reasons for and practical steps of leaving a legacy towards the gospel work carried out by Crosslinks.
The Christian view of death
Death is something we neither like to talk about or think about. Those who have lost a loved one know that the pain and grief that death brings is deeply upsetting.
Jesus was greatly moved when Lazarus died, even though he knew he would soon bring Lazarus back to life.
The Bible makes it clear that Jesus’ defeat of death on the cross means that all those who believe and trust in him will be with him forever. We will have resurrection bodies when Jesus returns and live forever with him in the new heaven and new earth.
When it comes to the resurrection the Apostle Paul says this: ‘If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men’ 1 Corinthians 15:19
The practicalities of leaving a legacy
- Write a will
There are several ways to write a will: through a solicitor; using a will writer; or using a bank. You can write your will by yourself, but using a professional will ensure legal formalities are not overlooked, such that your will remains valid.
- Work out your assets
And your debts! These assets may be made up of: house, cash savings, shares, bonds, life policies, your pension and the contents of your house. Debts on the other hand will include a mortgage and loans.
- Pray about who to remember in your will
Pray carefully and with a gospel heart about who you would like to remember in your will.
- Choose an executor or trustee of your will
This is the person who will carry out your wishes on your behalf.
- Choose the type of legacy
Professional advice will explain the different kinds of legacy you can leave in a will. These include: a residuary legacy; a pecuniary legacy and contingent gifts.
Every year a significant part of our work is supported by legacies. If you intend to leave a legacy to us please let us know. This way we can thank you and plan for the future gospel work we’d like to do.
We pray that every day you would be living to serve Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, no matter how close or far away death may seem. When that time does come Jesus himself will take you to be with him (John 14:3) so that you may be with him forever (1 Thess 4:17).