If you are involved in a ministry, you have the heart to see the mission grow to serve more in need. You have a desire to help the people you serve come to know the Lord and continue to mature in their faith.
You’ve developed a deeper appreciation and love for God’s work as He touches the lives of those impacted by the ministry. Words cannot express the love you have for those whom God loves.
Do you want your generous spirit to continue giving long after you are gone
“The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.”—Proverbs 11:25
When you are closely tied to a ministry, you’re moved as you reflect on the role it has played in your own personal faith journey. Because you’ve had compassion shown to you through the love of Christ, the Holy Spirit speaks to your soul, prompting you to show mercies and blessings to others. This is why you got involved in the first place!
You can’t help it—because you’ve been transformed!
Meditate on these verses for a moment… What is God saying to you through His Word?
- “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering…”—Colossians 3:12
- “And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”—Ephesians 4:32
- “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”—Galatians 6:32
- “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”—1 Peter 3:8-9
It is part of our assignment as Believers to grant compassion to others. You have covenant knowledge, which is a mystery that the rest of the world doesn’t understand.
Yes, most will agree that they find joy in “giving,” but you find joy, peace, and freedom in surrendering it all and bearing one another’s burdens.
The world doesn’t understand the aspects of God’s Kingdom, but you have “the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you” (John 14:17).
I Want to Give More But…
…what if I need it later?
Maybe you want to give regularly, but the worry of your family falling on hard times and needing that extra money makes you hesitate.
…not every ministry has integrity or is honest in their dealings.
Maybe the most unfortunate reason people hesitate is that they’ve been burned by ministries in the past.
Nothing hurts worse than giving to, praying for, and sowing into a ministry near to your heart only to have it ripped out as you find out the deception that hid behind its walls. It’s no wonder the reports of charitable giving have decreased.
At the same time, some people have decided to make major contributions to God’s Kingdom work.
Because when a strong Believer finds a strong, solid, and faithful ministry, they know it’s a treasure and want to be a part of something that is Jesus’ hands and feet in this world.
I Want to Give More, but Later…
As uncomfortable as the subject of end-of-life plans are to discuss, there may be one clear answer that perfectly ties together your love and connection to the ministry, your desire to leave a legacy that outlives you, and your ability to embrace the joy of giving.
A will is something that needs to be discussed with your family, children, and spouse. It’s a sobering conversation but can simultaneously leave you with a feeling of peace, as you have to think about and decide what happens to everything you leave behind.
One common aspect of any will is leaving assets to your family, making sure they are cared for and that they receive the legacy you’ve established for them.
But there are some who either still want to give to the ministry OR are unable to pass their legacy on to their children.
There is undeniable hesitation regarding the topic of making a will and what to include, but it’s worth considering what legacy you want to leave to future generations after you have gone home to be with your Heavenly Father.
What Does the Bible Say About Managing Our Resources?
In the Parable of the Talents, God instructs us on being good stewards. Through the parable, Jesus explains the importance of applying God’s instruction to His money.
We must understand that…
- It is not our wealth; it belongs to God. He entrusts us to be wise investors of His property.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”—James 1:17
- Understanding God’s character sheds light on how He wants us to apply His principles. He invests and partners with us, and He wants us to do the same.
“When a man’s ways please the Lord, he makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.”— Proverbs 16:7
The Lord gives us choices about how to manage His resources. When we align with His will and instruction, we are naturally blessed.
“If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”—John 15:10-11
How we handle His property is a way of worship and honor. We can’t take it with us after we pass from this earth, but we can ensure that it is going toward God’s Kingdom—bringing Heaven to earth.
So, What’s One Way to Leave a Legacy That Outlives You?
What legacy do you want to leave? Decisions about where to sow, invest, and leave a lasting legacy warrant much prayer, thought, and consideration. But the Bible says that you have been given the mind of Christ. Think of your money as God’s—where does He want you to leave your inheritance?
When we sow into fertile soil—a place that produces and multiplies its good fruit—we, and generations to follow, are blessed with seeing lives changed.
Jesus said that caring for others is part of His ministry…
“…for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in… And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, in as much as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’”—Matthew 25:35, 40
A charitable bequest is a unique opportunity that gives in ways you can’t imagine. You can look forward to the day your Father says, “…Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”—Matthew 25:23
Benefits of Bequests
By leaving a legacy in the form of a charitable bequest, it alleviates the risk of wondering if you will need the finances after you contribute. This makes donating larger amounts easy and worry-free later.
A charitable bequest to Curt Landry Ministries written into a will is tax-deductible. You can be sure that each contribution made sows into individual lives in Israel, those who call in for prayer, and even aid for natural disasters or humanitarian projects around the world. It can still be very rewarding knowing your estate or financial contribution is furthering His Kingdom after you are gone.
- Blessing others for generations
The thought of serving others after you’ve left this earth is mind-blowing! Leaving a legacy such as a bequest sends a message out to countless people like ripples on the water. Your family receives a message about what is important to you, it’s a great witness of your faith, and it meets practical needs for so many.
Are You Ready to Sow a Seed of Legacy that Puts Focus on God’s Kingdom?
We invite you to prayerfully consider where you want to sow seeds both now and after you depart from this world.
The Bible teaches that whatever we do, we need to have an eternal perspective so that our focus is on God’s Kingdom above our own.
What is your kingdom? It’s time we put our gifts and treasures in places the enemy can’t touch.
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”—Matthew 6:19-21
Click HERE to contact us today to talk to someone about leaving a legacy of your own that allows you to impact lives for generations.