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Friday, November 8, 1996

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Philippians 3:17—4:1
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.

Reference:  (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