How often do we really appreciate God’s overwhelming generosity to every one of us? God gave us all that we have and all that we are; our wealth and possessions, our family and friends, our health, the earth we live on, the air we breathe; even his Son Jesus.
We are all rich in the gift and grace of Christ, 'for you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.'
Gifts in Wills are an important part of Christian Giving, and leaving a gift to your church is a way to thank God for all the blessings you have received in your lifetime.
God gave us everything we own. Our stewardship beliefs and practices teach us that when we have no further use for our earthly possessions, we give back to God.
For some Christians, including a gift in their Will is a final way of giving thanks to God.
We are God’s stewards, entrusted to use His gifts for the good of our family and our church family. In thanksgiving, we should also take Will writing seriously – setting our affairs in order, and stewarding them wisely to the end of our time on earth and beyond.
When deciding how to divide up your estate, you might wish to consider thinking in 'shares' rather than specific cash amounts. This also reflects the Church's teaching on proportionate giving,
The New Testament is not prescriptive on the amount Christians should give, only that we should give generously, freely and cheerfully and in accordance with our means. After providing for your loved ones, why not give generously and proportionately from your assets (estate) too?
The Stewardship Team, Archbishops’ Council, Church House, Great Smith Street, London SW1P 3AZ
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