This article summarizes a booklet that our ministry has given away for 15 years: A Guide to Your Christian Will. The booklet recently went out of print, so we obtained permission to post its entire contents at www.levitt.com/will. If you would like us to email its text to you, write to Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The will, for many Believers, is the crown jewel of their lifetime of Christian stewardship. It can be a powerful legacy when we direct what is to become of the assets we will leave behind via the Rapture or death. We can proclaim our joy in joining our heavenly Father and boldly embrace our departure into eternity. Though we cherish mortal life and the process of dying can be painful, those who face eternal life do not fear death itself. Consequently, I believe, it glorifies God when we come to grips with the inevitable task of dispensing with our earthly possessions.
That was my personal two cents worth. And now for the gist of the Christian Will booklet. It begins with a disclaimer that its contents are not to be taken as legal advice. Then it concisely answers the following 10 fundamental questions:
- Who needs a will?
The booklet explains why you do.
- What are the advantages of making a will?
The booklet lists seven advantages.
- What happens if I don’t make a will?
Short answer: The courts will distribute your property.
- How does a will protect my children?
Parents of minors need a will as badly as anyone.
- Why can’t I just hold my assets in joint tenancy?
The booklet gives four reasons.
- Should I have a Living Trust?
The booklet offers some advantages of trusts, but some attorneys advise against them.
- How is a Christian’s will different?
In a sense, your will is your witness. You can demonstrate your love for your family and for the Lord. The booklet offers four scriptural references in this regard.
- How can I make a charitable bequest?
The booklet lists four options.
- Do I need a lawyer?
According to the booklet, making a will or trust is not a do-it-yourself project.
- What are my next steps?
The booklet lists eight steps and includes helpful forms entitled, “Key Information Organizer” and “Facts to Help Your Attorney.”
This ministry is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization and accepts tax-deductible donations and bequests. Many of our readers are in no position to contribute to churches and ministries now. But creating a will would give you the peace of mind that you have done what you can. Would you like to receive contact information for Christian attorneys in your area? If so, write to our P.O. Box. May God guide you as you plan your final good deed before meeting Him.