“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children, but the sinner’s wealth is laid up for the righteous.”
Proverbs 13:22 (ESV)
The Unfortunate Norm
Far too many Americans do not have a long-term savings and investing plan. Nearly every commercial and advertisement tempts us to spend the money now that God has blessed us with to steward for the future.
MD5 taught each of us to live intentionally in five key areas. We should and must, as disciples of Jesus, intentionally give God the first fruits in our local church and other ministries that further the Kingdom.
Here’s the Blueprint
Have a plan and budget each month with our brides.
Reduce and eventually eliminate our debts.
Build and/or maintain an emergency fund for unexpected expenses.
Be intentional with long-term savings and planning, so we don’t burden on our children when we get old.
Now is the Time
Too many men, however, ignore intentional, long-term savings and planning goals. If you have not intentionally built an emergency fund of 3 to 6 months of expenses or long-term savings. Then find a good and trustworthy financial planner to help you accomplish these crucial items.
Do this so that God can use you as a steward to help further his kingdom. Practically speaking, it is helping someone in need, avoiding being a burden on your children, and leaving an inheritance to your “children’s children.”
A Word of Caution
Proverbs 27:23-24 states “Know well the condition of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever; and does a crown endure to all generations?”
Make sure your heart is not greedy and you do not hoard money. As the Casting Crown song says, “we want our blessings in our pockets and keep our missions overseas.” So, allow God to use you to further the kingdom financially by being a man of intentionality with the resources He has given you to steward.