The Treasure Principle (1)

13 10 2010

I recently read and am now rereading a book called ‘The Treasure Principle’ by Randy Alcorn of Eternal Perspectives Ministries.

Here are some thoughts and quotes from the book.

The opening chapter is called ‘Buried Treasure’ and is focused on the parable of buried treasure in Matthew 16. Go and read it now if you are not familiar with it. Randy Alcorn says “Matthew 14:44 serves as a vivid picture of the joy of surrendering lesser treasures to find greater ones.”

He goes on to say “15 percent of everything Christ said relates to this topic (money and possessions) – more than His teachings on heaven and hell combined.”

“Why did Jesus put such emphasis on money and possessions? Because there’s a fundamental connection between our spiritual lives and how we think about and handle our money.”

“…our approach to money and possessions isn’t just important – it’s central to our spiritual lives.”

Reflecting on the parable of the Rich Fool in Luke 12 he says:- “Jesus knows that money and possessions were the man’s god. He realized that the man wouldn’t serve God unless he dethroned his money idol.”

“No matter how great the value of that earthly fortune, it would be worthless in eternity…it’s exactly this kind of treasure that people waste their lives pursuing.”

“Jesus warns us not to store up treasures…because wealth will always be lost. Either it leaves us while we live, or we leave it when we die.”

“He (Jesus) instructs us to transfer our funds from earth to heaven.”

“According to Jesus, storing up earthly treasures isn’t simply wrong. It’s just plain stupid”

“He wants us to store up treasures. Because such treasures (treasures in heaven) will last.”

The Treasure Principle:-
                                     You can’t take it with you –
                                     but you can send it on ahead.

“If we give instead of keep, if we invest in the eternal instead of in the temporal, we store up treasures in heaven that will never stop paying dividends.”

“As you store up heavenly treasures,you’ll gain an everlasting version of what that man found in the treasure hidden in the field. JOY.”

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