By Bob Bradbury
According to a recent Gallup Poll, 56% of Americans do not have a will. Further research would indicate that this same percentage can be carried over to the church as well. This is sad, since if we have not legally ensured that our wishes for transferring our property and assets are followed, the state will make that determination for us.
It is good for us to remember that all that we have while here on earth really belongs to God. We are His stewards and one day will be called upon to give an account of what we have done with the resources that God has loaned to us.
Some 25 years ago, we were updating our wills and it was suggested to me and my wife that we might do well to consider adding an additional child to our offspring. Since we have five children, that meant dividing our pie into six pieces. This last portion would be made up of Christian ministries that we wanted to support after the Lord calls us Home. For us, that includes both churches and ministries—we are committed to sharing Christ with folk who need to hear and have the opportunity to respond to the Good News.
Haiti H2O is one of those entities. It currently has four locations where it seeks to help our brothers and sisters in their walk with God and reach out to their neighbors. We are happy to know that when we leave planet earth, some of our resources will continue to bear fruit in that small Caribbean island known as Haiti.
So, what are the implications for those reading this short article?
First, take God up on His offer to provide guidance in this matter. James reminds us: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5).
Second, make sure that you have an up-to-date will. If you have moved or your family has grown, it is wise to make appropriate changes to that legal resource. In addition, we have recently taken our provisions to a new level and have had a Living Trust drawn up that will spare our offspring and “sixth child” from facing probate.
Third, prayerfully consider adding an “additional child” to your family and decide which Christian ministries you would like to invest in for eternity.
May God bless you in this venture and be glorified as you purpose to honor Him with the resources that He has loaned to you while here on earth.