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By Mike Stickler
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children; but, a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
Years ago, I was working with a ministry that, from time-to-time, would gather marketplace leaders and philanthropically-minded individuals together in what is known as a President’s Conference. The idea for the conference was to share the ministry’s vision and minister to these individuals in the grace of God’s giving.
Seldom do donors or potential donors have any ministry set up a meeting or conference specifically with their needs in mind.
It was a powerful time, as these marketplace leaders and philanthropists shared their testimonies, strengths, and weaknesses, along with their desires to use their gifts, relationships, and influence for God’s purpose.
One couple I remember so well, stood before the group with a challenge of sorts. The husband told the group how he had been very successful in business and had been blessed with a multitude of material possessions. He went on to say they had no children (and, hence, no grandchildren), smiled, and mentioned that the only one in his family who gives his wealth away was his brother. And his brother had more wealth than he!
So he and his wife made a decision to give away their entire earthly estate. That upon their passing, they would give it all to the ministry who had invited them on such a special weekend.
Here, the verse in Proverbs seems to say that you should leave an inheritance for your children and grandchildren. The second part of the verse mentions the wealth of a sinner being stored up for the righteous. I think the intent here was to teach a principal ‒ that in passing from this world, we should leave an inheritance for family and God’s people.
The billionaire publisher, Malcolm Forbes is famous for saying, “He who dies with the most toys, wins.”
But, for the Christian, this should be ludicrous on its face. Proverbs teaches us that we should expend all our resources into Kingdom purposes. In fact, even the “sinner’s wealth” will be inherited into the Kingdom.
Today’s Generosity Challenge:
Do you have a will, trust, or some other estate-passage vehicle in place to pass along God’s resources?
In this modern day, it’s fairly simple to put together a simple will directly from the Internet.
But, I would encourage you to put a family trust or another, more appropriate estate-passage vehicle together, as your situation may warrant, so that in the event of your passing, your estate (i.e., the unexpended resources that accumulated while you were stewarding God’s resources for Him throughout the course of your life) would be properly executed.
Today, do some research, get an appointment with a Biblically-oriented financial planner or estate planner ‒ and ‒ an attorney to put this vital Biblical principal into effect.
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About Michael Stickler
Mike is an author, radio host, and a highly sought after motivational speaker. His best-selling book, A Journey to Generosity, is widely acclaimed throughout the Christian community. He is the publisher of Generous Living Magazine and writes for the Christian Post, 'A Generous Life' column.
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