Chuck Bentley on What Should I Do With My Large Inheritance?

Last Will and Testament document with quill pen and handwriting

Dear Chuck,

I inherited a significant amount of money this year. Although I am very grateful, I’m feeling the weight of responsibility to steward this well. I look forward to giving more to the Kingdom and want advice on how to please God with all my decisions.

Burdened by this Wealth

Dear Burdened,

First, I am so pleased to know that you are feeling the weight of this responsibility. The Bible does say that “to whom much was given, of him much will be required” ( Luke 12:48 ESV). Too often, when we receive a great blessing, we forget that it comes with great responsibility as well.

Second, I hope you have been regularly and cheerfully giving to God’s work before this inheritance and plan to continue this practice, and even begin giving more and more as you have expressed.

There are a number of Biblical principles and personal tips I will share with you to give you some guidelines for pleasing God.

An Eternal Perspective

God wants to spare us the sorrow that can accompany worldly wealth. “The blessing of the Lord makes rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.” (Proverbs 10:22 ESV) He does that by asking us to trust Him enough to give part of it away. He wants us to let go of it. It sounds as if you understand that, but you must continually guard your heart.

God took a risk to bless us so richly. The risk is that we might fall in love with the blessings and forget the One who blessed. To minimize that risk, God designed an economy quite different from the world. It’s based on sharing, not hoarding or squandering. It is vital that we learn to be generous with others to avoid the dangers of trusting in our possessions. As we advance God’s kingdom by practical means, we experience true riches through giving.

We must avoid putting our security in the abundance that God has given us, and live with open hands to bless others and bring Him glory.

“Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce…” (Proverbs 3:9a ESV)

“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35 ESV)

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Chuck Bentley