“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children.” Deuteronomy 6:5-7a [NKJV]
Fulfilling the great commandment to love God with all our heart, soul and mind calls for a commitment of all our being and gives purpose to our existence. Living out our faith models to the next generation an authenticity that perpetuates the forward movement of God’s Kingdom. Toward that end, it is critically important for each generation to leave a legacy that impacts the lives of our children and grandchildren with the teachings of God’s Word.
Scripture emphasizes the importance of generosity as a key component of the Christian life. How are we teaching this key scriptural value to the next generation? Our children best learn about generosity through our own personal actions. As we seek to tithe and give to the Kingdom, our children take notice. They see Matthew 6:21 lived out.
“Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
Through our generosity for the sake of the Kingdom, the next generation sees the passion of our heart. They see our desire to financially support the ministries of the local church, to fund mission efforts around the world, to improve the lives of students in Christian colleges and universities and to help those in need. Through our generosity we impact the next generation as they see our love for God lived out through our stewardship of God’s blessings!
Dr. Jeffrey Steed, MBA
Director of Planned Giving
The Southern Baptists of Texas Foundation