The Final Tithe: Conclusion

As we conclude the podcast series on our “Final Tithe”, I want to share with you the reasoning behind the need to include the Kingdom in your estate plan.As we conclude the podcast series on our “Final Tithe”, I want to share with you the reasoning behind the need to include the Kingdom in your estate plan. As we follow our faith throughout our natural lives, many of us have a clear understanding of good stewardship. Good Stewardship includes avoiding debt, providing for your family, and being charitable. The world influences our stewardship both in our life and at our death. The world says that you divide everything equally among your surviving family members at death. Very few estate plans ever venture into a Kingdom oriented conversation. An estate plan becomes Kingdom oriented when we review our quest to be charitable. A Kingdom oriented plan does not simply divide everything equally without any investigation into the impact or influence money will have on those designated as beneficiaries.

We should ask ourselves these questions.

Am I leaving “God’s assets” to good stewards?

What will they do with the assets?

Will they spend it on  material things?

Will they spend it on addictive behaviors?

Will it cause division within my family?

What impact on the Kingdom am I having with the assets God has entrusted me with?

Would God approve of the plan I have in place to distribute those assets he blessed me with during my lifetime?

When we ask ourselves these questions, we develop a different approach to estate planning. We should be charitable at our death. We should attempt to provide for the needs of our loved ones. We should make an effort to teach good stewardship to our beneficiaries while we can so that we can be confident that God’s assets are handled with care. Ultimately, we are attempting to reach a level of contentment through good stewardship while we are living and at our death.

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