A few years ago, we sent letters to Christians who we thought might have an interest in a publication such as Sound Mind Investing, one that could help them set up a personalized financial plan based on biblical principles. To many, this was welcome news — we added about one hundred new subscribers to the SMI family of readers.

To others, such as the man who returned our order card with the above message (written with a red marker and in all capital letters for emphasis!), the idea of planning wisely for his financial future was an unnecessary distraction. His comment was a vivid reminder that many Christians are so focused on the reality of Christ’s return that planning, saving, and investing for the future seem pointless.

I would like nothing better than to see their expectation of Jesus’ imminent return come to pass! World events certainly suggest that possibility. But until the Lord does return, we are not faced with an either/or choice. We should we be looking for “the blessed hope — the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,” (1 Timothy 6:18), and we should be faithful stewards by acting to take care of what the Lord has entrusted to us while he is away.

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