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<< Friday, November 8, 1996 >>
 
Philippians 3:17—4:1
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Psalm 122 Luke 16:1-8
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LONGER-RANGE FINANCIAL PLANNING

 
"As you well know, we have our citizenship in heaven." —Philippians 3:20
 

Many people are accustomed to plan ahead financially. It is also customary to emphasize long- range planning and not merely short-term. The Lord does want us to plan ahead for the very long-term, even for Judgment Day and eternity. By tithing, almsgiving, having no debt (Rm 13:8), and obeying the Lord in not demanding interest, we let God make us financially secure.

In this world, the Lord in turn will supply our "needs fully, in a way worthy of His magnificent riches in Christ Jesus" (Phil 4:19). Also, because we are faithful in the small matter of managing our material goods, the Lord will entrust us with greater things (Lk 16:10). Then, after this life on earth, we will be called good and faithful stewards on Judgment Day (Mt 25:21) and have an everlasting dwelling place in heaven (Lk 16:9).

If your financial planning doesn't take account of life after death, it is short-term and inadequate. If you are "set upon the things of this world" (Phil 3:19), you "will end in disaster" (Phil 3:19). Plan ahead. Plan for life, death, judgment, and eternity.

 
Prayer: Father, I will never be an enemy of the cross by being a friend of the world (Phil 3:18; Jas 4:4).
Promise: "For these reasons, my brothers, you whom I so love and long for, you who are my joy and my crown, continue, my dear ones, to stand firm in the Lord." —Phil 4:1
Praise: Terry gave his savings to the poor. Shortly thereafter, his troublesome car began running smoothly.
 
(For more teaching on this subject, order our booklet, The Bible on Money, and our leaflet, Usury (Interest).)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, April 2, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, April 3, 1996
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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