A Christian approach to Estate Planning … leads a Giver’s heart to Jesus

Does the Bible have specific instructions regarding inheritance, legacies and other matters that are important to our Estate Plan? What distinguishes Christian Estate Planning from a secular one?

From the conversations I had with many of my fellow Christians friends I noticed that there is a general lack of understanding of what Christian Estate Planning is all about. To begin with, a Christian’s “Estate” refers not only to material assets that we leave behind when we passes on, but also to our Christian faith, value and beliefs. We have to plan for the transfer of these spiritual assets as well.

What is so unique about Christian Estate Planning?

Christians need to understand the meaning of Stewardship and how it affacts our Estate Plan. God owns all of our worldly possessions (regardless of how we acquired them)

(i) God owns everything (Ps 24:1) “The world and all that is in it belong to the LORD; the earth and all who live on it are His.”

(ii) Our ability to create wealth is given to us by God (Deuteronomy 8:18) “Remember that it is the LORD your God who gives you the power to become rich.”

By reminding ourselves that God owns our possessions and we are only stewards, we begin the process of estate planning with the appropriate frame of reference. Christian Stewardship is a spirituality and way of life consisting of - receiving God’s gift (our abilities, talents & wealth) with gratitude; cultivating them and sharing them lovingly in justice with others; standing before our Lord in spirit of accountability.

We need to serve God who owns our assets and to use them for the strengthening of our fellow Christian as well as helping the poor and needy. Also, we have to constantly remind ourselves that we are transfering Stewardship and not merely ownership to our heirs.

A Christian approach to Estate Planning will surely lead a Giver’s heart to Jesus! To learn what it takes to be a wise Steward and adopt a God-honoring way of wealth transfer, pls contact us.

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