Review : The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn
Chapter 1: Buried Treasure
This concept is one that many people do not take into consideration until the item is gone. People are a little more willing to give money than give the shirt off their back. We harvest treasures in such a way that it is painful (tearful) to lose such items- it may be an item we haven’t had for long (page 13). As easy as we gain something, it can be taken away. “Storing up earthly treasures isn’t simply wrong, it’s just plain stupid.”
Chapter 2: Compounding Joy
Saying and doing are two different things when it comes to swallowing the idea of God being the owner of all income, savings and assets- we are just managing it on Earth. God bought us at the price of his son Jesus. “Whenever we think like owners, it’s a red flag.” We are called to seek first and invest in THE OWNERS money in HIS interests. If we haven’t found our “Cheerful Giver” status we are not investing Gods money into where He has intended. We need to manage our budgeting in the same respect that we hope our church would (illustration- not a perfect one either since they do not give 100% of what they receive).
Chapter 3: Eyes on Eternity
Reference to “Jesus is keeping track of our smallest acts of kindness” says a lot. We have to make sure we are giving in humbleness not for recognition. Your heart will be present in projects/ donations that are God aligned.
Chapter 4: Roadblocks to Giving
Building 429 expresses the same concepts of this chapter in their song, “Where I Belong” in which it says “take this world and give me Jesus, this is not where I belong”. We cannot be static in our lives, but be rolling up and down the hill that is heading to our Eternal home. If we love something we never have enough time, money, effort to put into it but we are willing to try and push God, family and tasks aside to try and improve the one thing. Wow to the principal of “Giving is the only antidote to materialism.”
Chapter 5: Getting Started
Could God expect less than 10% from us? NOOOOO!!! “If we pay our debt to God first then we will incur His blessings to help us pay our debts to men.