Death is something we neither like to talk or think about. Those who have lost a loved one know that the pain and grief that death brings is deeply upsetting.
Even Jesus, although he knew he would soon bring Lazarus back to life, was deeply moved when Lazarus died (John 11:33).
Death is a reality that we face, but as Christians, we face it differently (1 Thessalonians 4:13-14). The Bible makes it clear that Jesus, through his own death, defeated ‘the one who has the power of death’ in order to free us from living a life crippled by fear (Hebrews 2:14-15). Jesus empowers those who believe to look past death and into eternity. The final verdict for those who trust in Jesus will be eternal life with him in the new heavens and new earth (Revelation 21:1-4).
For almost 100 years Crosslinks has been working to share the message of salvation globally and locally. Would you consider leaving a gift to Crosslinks in your will to help us engage in gospel work now and in the future? No matter how large or small, by remembering Crosslinks in your Will, you can help take God’s word to God’s world.
If you would like to discuss this and find out more about how you can remember Crosslinks in your Will, please email our legacy co-ordinator Pete Tibbott at email@example.com or call us on +44 (0)20 8691 6111. We will take care to treat your enquiry with confidentiality and respect.
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 missed and 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 when you are gone.
- Choose the type of legacy
The professional person you choose to help you will be able to explain the different kinds of legacies 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 would be a day where you joyfully serve Jesus, no matter how close death may be. Confidently knowing that after death, he himself will take you to be with him (John 14:3) so that you may be with him forever (1 Thess 4:17).
Struggling with the thought of death and wondering about what will happen when you die? We’ve found this book immensely encouraging and wholeheartedly recommend it to you: On my way to heaven: Facing Death with Christ, by Mark Ashton.