Jesus’ words in Matthew 6 have never been more appropriate. In the middle of his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth… But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven… For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (vs. 19a, 20a, 21)
He then goes on to invite us to be free of worry, assuring us that if we “seek first His kingdom and His righteousness,” He will take care of our needs. (vs. 33)
Q: In light of the current market, should I still consider giving stock?
A. Absolutely! Giving appreciated stock, real estate or other non-cash assets remains the most cost-effective giving option since you will receive a fair market value deduction at the time of your gift and avoid capital gains on the sale of appreciated assets.
It’s an unfortunate, common tale that far too many of us have experienced firsthand. A loved one passes away, and in the aftermath, family chaos ensues. Bickering. Broken relationships. Legal battles. But there’s a simple tactic for saving our children from a world of hurt when we go to be with the Lord.