Most of us don’t want to think about it, but it’s true anyway unless the Lord returns, you are going to die. This causes us to think about what we leave in the form of an inheritance to our love ones.
The responsible Christian makes out a will leaving behind an inheritance. The question is, “Who do you leave an inheritance to?” This matter of wealth transfer is a very personal decision. I’m not offering you financial advice, but here are some of my thoughts on who you should consider when making out your will and beneficiaries of a life insurance policy.
No doubt your spouse should get enough to live on. (Your life insurance policy should pay your home mortgage off and your funeral expenses. A good goal is to leave your spouse debt free.)
Biblically, the children would receive an inheritance with one of them receiving a double portion or twice as much (Deuteronomy 21:17). This child would be the one entrusted to care for the surviving spouse.
Grandchildren should also be part of that inheritance transfer. The amount is determined by you. It doesn’t have to be equal amounts, nor does it have to be in the form of cash. It can be in the form of a prepaid education for example. Scripture declares, “A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children's children” (Proverbs 13:22).
In my opinion, your surviving family members, spouse, children, or grandchildren should get nothing in the form of inheritance blessing if they are lawless, God hating, covenant breakers. Let them know while you are alive they do not qualify for any Biblical transfer of inheritance. Don’t give them your hard earned money to squander.
Leave something to your local church. No matter the amount, it’s a tremendous blessing to your local church when you leave something that helps relieve the financial burden. (Our church is Spirit of Life Ministries of Fort Lauderdale, Inc.)
PASTOR - MINISTER
You have been blessed by someone in the ministry that taught, prayed, cared for, and laid their lives down in the service of Christ. Scripture says, “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honor, especially they who labor in the word and doctrine” (1 Timothy 5:17). Don’t forget the faithful minister of God that helped you.
THOSE THAT HONOR YOU
Make a list of names of those that have blessed and honored you. You know who they are. It could be one person or twenty-five persons. These are those that stood with you, honored you, loved you, helped you accomplish your vision, and blessed you throughout your life.
Spelling out exactly what you want to leave for whom is important. Whether it's cash, collectibles, jewelry, photos, land, vehicles, pets, etc. Having a last will and testament keeps your estate out of the hands of the State and makes it clear what you desire done with your estate.
I pray my personal thoughts help you in the decision process.
Apostle Jonas Clark
27 W Hallandale Bch Blvd. Hallandale, Fl, 33009
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