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Do not forget to plan Wisely: Friday 31st Week Ordinary Time

Breakfast With the Word Friday 31st Week Ordinary Time of the Year

 

Luke 16:1-8

 

When we keep ourselves busy and plan how to live in the next two or three years, let us also remember that a day is coming when we must give an account of all we have done. As we plan for the future, let us remember to plan wisely.

 

When we plan on how to marry, build houses, make money, create business empires, invest perfectly, let us not forget the Creator to whom we must all return one day. It is just one day and everything we acquire, study, plan, create etc will come to an end.

 

As we plan, let us also plan for the soul. To plan wisely is to prepare ourselves for tomorrow so that whatever happens will not adversely affect us. As you plan to win your election, remember to plan on how to win the heart of God. To plan wisely is to plan for our future both here and after.

 

 

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The Shrewd Steward.

 

In the gospel, Jesus tells us the parable of the steward who is wasteful of his resources. The master who is not happy with this, calls him to give an account of his stewardship.

 

The servant knowing fully well what will descend on Him draws a very shrewd plan on how to make up his life if eventually, he loses his position. He calls all the father’s debtors and reduces every debt they owe to the master. This will make them welcome and repay him for thinking good of them if eventually, he loses his master’s trust.

 

The master praises his clearsightedness and fast acumen. This is not to suggest that Jesus is praising his dishonest life but that this is how the sons of God suppose to be fast in planning on how to be with their Loving Father at the end of their earthly lives.

 

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The children of the world are very fast in planning on how to survive in this world more than the children of the light plan to win the heart of God. So, the children of light, needs also to plan ahead on how to win the heart of their heavenly father.

 

 

 

The Key Points

 

 

1. Just like the Master enriches the steward with resources is how God enriches us with His love, blessed us with natural and human resources, talents, gifts, positions etc. Whatever and wherever we are, are made possible if not by His grace. One day we must give the account back to God on all He has done for us.

 

 

2. The Steward in this parable can be likened to many nations that was blessed by God in every ramification. But the only they repaid this love by God is to waste His resources and continue to allow people to suffer in hunger and poverty.

 

Like the steward, we have followed the career of embezzlement and when problems arise, we begin to find a way to wriggle out of it, even if it means to lie. We only plan on how to make more money, and forget the consequences of our actions for the future.

 

 

3. For the sake of the future, the government has to plan on how to make things better for people. We have to create in our minds an overview of what our future will look like and hence put things in place.

 

When we do the things we are supposed to do at the present, we make way for what will come in the future.

 

 

4. One glaring fact in that parable is that the steward knowing fully well that he will give account, uses his present position to prepare for his life after. To plan wisely is to plan for what we may encounter in the next years to come.

 

 

What have we used what God has given to us to do? Is it to intimidate people? To kill? show off? To fight others? Suffer those under you? Is it to save lives? or to plan for eternal life and win the heart of God?

 

 

5.. Just like the steward lives his life not knowing that a day of reckoning will come unknowingly to him is how we live thinking nothing is going to happen until at that particular hour when our stewardship will come to an end.

 

We then begin to regret how we have wasted our past years and look for a way to make amends. The time to make amends is now. Tomorrow may be too late.

 

6. Finally, like the steward, we are only fast in planning on how to live a comfortable life here. Sometimes we do this even if it means making them dishonestly.

 

We spend time to plan on how to make our way even if it means killing or selling our bodies. In many people is the zeal in promoting ourselves, businesses, political parties.

 

 

The world is highly shrewd and zealous in promoting pleasure and profits more than they promote the kingdom of God.

 

In essence, if the same zeal and wisdom we plan on how to do these are also channelled in promoting peace, love, forgiveness, progress, faith, helping one another, creating jobs, saving lives, making lives better for people, unity etc the world would be a better place. As we plan, let us plan wisely. The time of reckoning will surely come.

 

 

 

May God bless you beloved and give us the strength to plan wisely. May He give us the grace to stand firm even in the midst of challenges. Amen.

 

 

 

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49 Comments
  1. Golu Chetachukwu Angela says

    You really nailed it here, Padre. May the Lord open our eyes and hearts’ to make a good decision, out of everything we do in life πŸ™ Thanks so much for this, PadreπŸ’–πŸ’–πŸ’– Jisike ohπŸ‘

    1. Ekwem Emmanuela says

      Amen

  2. Nenye says

    There’s always a stewardship demand for all areas of our lives; so help me God to live with this consciousness all the remaining days of my life in Jesus Christ name amen.

    Very much grateful Padre

  3. UCHEM AUGUSTA DABERECHI says

    Amen!

  4. Helen says

    Amen and Amen. Thank you Padre, God bless you πŸ™

  5. Obika Chidimma says

    Amen, may God continue to bless in Jesus name. Amen.

  6. Mbama Christiana says

    Thank you Padre, this message is a great reminder. May the Lord find me worthy at the last day.

  7. Dr Nicholas Onyia A. says

    May God grant us the grace to plan wisely to His glory and our guaranty of eternal life, in Jesus name, amen

  8. Eric Jonah gentle no 36 says

    Indeed, I have waisted it master. Forgive me oh LORD AND HELP ME OUT I pray πŸ™πŸ™

  9. Eric Jonah gentle no 36 says

    Indeed, I have waisted it master.
    Oh LORD please forgive me and help me out I pray πŸ™πŸ™.

  10. Ndukwe Amanda says

    Amen Padre

  11. Boitumelo says

    Father let you be the one who will plan for us what we must do with our life’sπŸ™

  12. Yolanda Malebatsane says

    AmenπŸ™

  13. Onyekonwu Ngozi says

    Amen! Thank you Jesus,

  14. Margaret Awum says

    Amen πŸ™

  15. IKECHI EMMANUEL ONYEMA says

    AMENπŸ™
    Remain Blessed 🌹 Padre πŸ™

  16. David Sunday Edore says

    Amen Padre.

  17. Angela Nwagbo says

    Amen! Thank you Fr for this wonderful piece

  18. Josephine Ugwu says

    Amen.

  19. Ogochukwu says

    Amen, thank you Fr.

  20. Dorothy Mary Iyinbor says

    Amen thanks Padre

  21. Nnametu chioma Michelle says

    Amen.. good morning!!!

  22. Akomaye Nancy says

    Amen.

  23. Munachimso onuoha says

    Amen

  24. Onyinyechi Emeka-Ude says

    Amen.

  25. Ojiogbu Chekwube says

    Amen

  26. Angela Ekere says

    Amen

  27. Okonkwo onyinye says

    AMEN

  28. Onyeoma Ukamaka says

    Amen

  29. Anidiobi Sylvia Ngozi says

    A THUNDEROUS Amen πŸ™‡β€β™€οΈπŸ™‡β€β™‚οΈπŸ™

  30. Ezerioha LIlian says

    Amen πŸ™

  31. Chibuzor says

    Thank you my God

  32. Anthonia Okonkwo says

    Amen.
    Thank you Padre Sanctus

  33. Uchechukwu Egbo says

    Amen, please Lord help me πŸ™

  34. Ozoro Christiana says

    Amen πŸ™

  35. Angela Madu says

    Amen

  36. Jared Ogare says

    Lord may you help us to use wisely the gifts and talents you have blessed us with for this life and the life afterwards, Amen

  37. Ogechi Anugwom says

    Amen

  38. Chisom Egwudike says

    Amen

  39. UGWU CHIOMA says

    Amen

  40. Odoh chisom Deborah says

    May God grant us the Grace to plan wisely Amen.

  41. Mbama Christiana says

    Amen

  42. Akwuobi Chinaza Marycynthia says

    Amen

  43. Theomaris says

    Amen πŸ™

  44. Michael Jones says

    Amen

  45. Ugwu Josephine Nnenna. says

    Amen. God bless you Padre.

  46. Okeke Juliet Nneka says

    Amen πŸ™.

  47. Bibiana Uche Unachukwu and family says

    Amen Amen Amen

  48. Doris Emmanuel Ogban says

    please father give me the Grace to be wise they say a word is enough for the wise word is enough for the wise AMEN

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