Texan Legacy: Leaving a Legacy for God and Family
Proverbs 3:9 Honor the Lord with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase. [NKJV]
Faithful Christians understand the importance of tithing to the Lord and giving from their “firstfruits”. They practically apply this instruction through tithing from the “firstfruits” of one’s income to the Lord. Even though tithing is crucial to an obedient and growing relationship with God, stewardship only starts with tithing. Proverbs 3:9 reminds us that we are also responsible for honoring the Lord and being good stewards of all that God has given to us not just the first ten percent of our income.
Our final testimony or final testament of what we value in life is reflected in our Will with the beneficiaries to whom we want to leave a bequest. At the heart of Proverbs 3:9, I believe that it is honoring to God when we leave a legacy for family and ministry through our Will. Again, it is our final statement of what we value in life. May we leave a legacy for both God and family.
Dr. Jeffrey Steed, Director of Planned Giving
The Southern Baptists of Texas Foundation