Haggai International founder, Dr. John Edmund Haggai, went to be with the Lord in 2020. As we uphold his legacy, we continue to draw from the wisdom he left behind in nuggets like, “Notes from My Diary,” a publication he used to send to those closest to him. You’ll find his reflections from the years past are timelier and more necessary than ever. The following note was written in 2015.
Last year in the United States, of the two million people who died, most had not arranged a will. It grieves (maybe “staggers” would be more accurate) me that so many believers deny in death what they affirmed in life.
In life, they tithed their money. That is, they gave 10% to the Lord’s work. Some gave more. Yet, they failed to arrange any gifts to the Lord’s work for the time of their death. Several years ago, I read the shocking news that more than $550,000,000 goes intestate in Los Angeles County every month! That means that they mindlessly assigned the distribution of their estate to the government they often criticized!
Let’s suppose that 5% of those who died intestate were believers who professed a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus and took seriously the work of the Lord. Five percent of $550 million equals $27,500,000. Ten percent of that would be $2,750,000 every month. In other words, $33 million is lost every year to the cause of Christ in just one county of one state of the 50 states in the U.S.
I can learn a lot more about a professing Christian by his will than I can by his obituary. And I can learn a lot more by his check stubs than even his will. Of course, you should make arrangements to leave money and cash equivalents to family members, but make certain not to deny in death what you, as a faithful steward, practiced in life. By God’s grace, I shall leave all of my assets to the Lord’s work upon the death of Christine or me (whoever is last).
Haggai International’s Kingdom Builders is a group of committed people determined to leave a legacy of impact for the Gospel by including Haggai in their estate plans. Including Haggai International in your estate plans allows you to leave a legacy of hope and continue impacting those living in Gospel poverty for generations to come. Learn more.