The Treasure Principle
Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving
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In this first book in the new LifeChange series, bestselling author Randy Alcorn introduces readers to a revolution in material freedom and radical generosity that will change lives around the world. Ninety-five percent of Christians have never come to terms with a biblical perspective on their material possessions, Alcorn writes. God has entrusted His wealth to us and called upon us to manage and invest His money. This is in everyone's best interests, including our own. When Jesus told His followers to "lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven," he intended that they discover an astounding secret: how joyful giving brings God maximum glory and his children maximum pleasure.
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What Do You Treasure?
This is the third Alcorn book I have completed and one that takes no time to read. Recently a colleague of mine gave away a dozen or so of The Treasure Principle, and I became interested in reading these 100 pages about giving. I do own Alcorn's Money, Possessions, and Eternity's, a much larger layman's theology of stewardship, but I have had difficulty getting motivated to complete the 500 pages of mouse print.
The Treasure Principle is divided into six chapters and contains six treasure principle keys...
Principle #1: God owns everything. I'm his money manager - We are merely taking care of the possessions God has leant us.
Principle #2: My heart always goes where I put God's money - Put the money you earn into eternal things like missions.
Principle #3: Heaven, not Earth is my home - Our true homeland is a home that God is preparing for us.
Principle #4: I should live not for the dot, but for the line - The dot is our present life on Earth, but there is a line that extends from that dot that does not stop. This is eternity in Heaven and that is what we should set our minds on.
Principle #5: Giving is the antidote to materialism - Giving reminds us that we are to not to be living for the world or ourselves. We were created to give God all the glory.
Principle #6: God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving - God blesses us so we can bless others.
Fans of prosperity gospel preachers like T.D. Jakes, Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen will not like this book. On the other hand, if you crave Scripture passages and illustrations told with life-changing joy, The Treasure Principle is for you. Reading this book will make you evaluate the financial decisions you are making.
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."