A Christian Preamble
Those who profess to be Christian are called to be bold in sharing their faith. One opportunity to leave a lasting faith legacy is to consider having a Christian will.
Your last Will and testament is a document that is open for public viewing following your death.
It provides an opportunity to “send a message” to your descendants and to anyone else who happens to read your Will now and for generations to come.
For the most part when people think of a Will their first thought is “my stuff” and “who gets it when I die”.
In Christian terms we would refer to it as “the stewardship of your accumulated assets”.
But a Will can be so much more than legalities. It can also be your final “love letter” to your family and other loved ones. It is your opportunity to send more than money to the next generation — it is an opportunity to send more than money to the next generation. It’s an opportunity to send a message.
A Christian Preamble is simply a statement of your faith and it is placed at the very beginning of your Will. It’s the first thing people read before the written announcement of your estate distribution plans. It is your last opportunity to declare your faith and it can bring peace to those who are still living that you are in the loving hands of your Heavenly Father.
Below is a sample Christian Preamble. You are encouraged to write your own. Many have found this to be a profound experience as they reflect on what faith message they desire to leave beyond the legalese of the standard last Will and Testament.
Sample Christian Preamble
I, (Your Name Here), child of God, remember the gifts of life which are mine to share before these witnesses and in the presence of Almighty God. I give thanks for the gift of faith that enabled me to surrender my life to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It was His sacrifice on the cross that humbled my heart knowing that for His sake, my sins were (and are) forgiven now and forever. That act of grace and His resurrection and ascension enabled me to live my life on earth with a trusting relationship that sustained a peace that I was never fully able to explain, but was so very thankful for.
If you are reading this now, I can assure you that I am in the place that God prepared for me where I will be living with Him in eternity. I have now received the ultimate blessing. I pray that you and I will be reunited when your time is completed on earth. In the meantime live your life for the Lord and seek His guidance in all that you do.
Wherefore, being mindful of God’s abundant gifts, I make this my last Will and Testament in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. John 3:16