Why Make a Will?

by James Fisher
Posted on 1st November 2013

"But whoever has the world's goods, and beholds his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him?" 1 John 3:17

For many Christians, the idea of making a Will to provide for your loved ones or to provide for your church/mission is very sensible. However, many of us are guilty of procrastinating over the issue.

Arguably, for Christians dealing with your affairs in contemplation of your death is not as sensitive an issue as for others. After all, "death is swallowed up in victory" for the believer and "to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord". The passing from this life into glory is clearly a subject which should be in the heart of every Christian. However, before a Christian departs to be with the Lord, they must not forget their obligation to be good stewards and to provide not only for their families, but also their brothers and sisters in Christ. So, why make a Will?

  1. It provides certainty for your family and avoids a trail of potential upset, confusion and conflict at a time when your loved ones will be grieving for you.
  1. It enables you to direct who should receive your assets and puts you in control. You may, for example, care to make specific provision within your Will to gift money to a particular missionary organisation, church or other cause in support of furthering the Kingdom and the Lord's work.
  1. It enables you to make provision for the care of your young children. Sadly, without a Will appointing Guardians for your children, there are no guarantees as to who would care for your children not only physically, but also spiritually. For example, you may care to appoint Christian friends to look after your children in the event of your death.
  1. It enables you to spell out your funeral arrangements. Some Christians prefer burial over cremation and this can only be assured if you make specific provision within your Will.

Christians must not forget that ultimately it is their responsibility to use their wordly possessions wisely for the advancement of the Kingdom

Although we can rejoice in the confidence that the Lord will provide for all our needs, Christians must not forget that ultimately it is their responsibility to use their wordly possessions wisely for the advancement of the Kingdom. Of course, it may well be that you do not intend for your children to end up in the care of non-Christians or, alternatively, that you do not want your money to go to certain family members. However, by not making a Will these unintended consequences may be unavoidable.

For many, the main problem in deciding to make a Will can be the inconvenience of having to visit a Solicitor or the cost. If this has been a problem for you, you can now create your own Will online, wherever you may be based. By following a simple online questionnaire you can make provision for your family and/or assist Christian work. If you are unsure about creating a Will online (which is perfectly safe and legal), you can use a Will Writing specialist who can (if necessary) take instructions for your Will either over the telephone or face-to-face.

James recommends you visit www.iwillandtestament.com for an affordable online Will writing service. Also you may care to visit www.secure-will.co.uk, Will Writing specialists who can take instructions for your Will either over the telephone or face-to-face.

James Fisher, F.Inst.L.Ex, ASWW, has nearly 20 years' experience in the legal professional dealing with both contentious and non-contentious matters. He is a member of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship and is a member of the Society of Will Writers.