The Time Is Ripe for Radical Generosity

| December 26, 2014

Those of us who live in the West are poised at the outset of the greatest wealth transfer in history.

In the United States alone, the “greatest generation”—those born between 1910 and 1940 whose industriousness generated incredible amounts of wealth—are transferring their last $12 trillion to their heirs. 

And over the next 25 to 40 years, the baby boomer generation will transfer between $30 trillion and $136 trillion to their heirs—not to mention the additional wealth that will be generated during this time. Some of you reading this article are preparing to pass along, or to inherit, significant wealth.

These numbers are simply gaudy. But where will all this money go? 

I was asking myself this question as I read Ray Ortlund’s recent post about how the Christians use of money relates to our prayers for revival:

“If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?” Luke 16:11)

We are accustomed to the biblical message that we should trust God. But here is another—smaller and subordinate, but still important—category: that God would trust us. If we are not faithful (pistoi) with money, which is unrighteous and not…

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