Thursday, January 27, 2011

The Books #5: The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn

If you have been around me in the past five years, this book will come as no surprise. I talk about this book probably more than any other book on this list. For some reason, The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn always finds its way into a sermon illustration. For that reason alone, I knew it had to be in my top five books.

Another reason this book had to be in my top five was that this is one of those books that gets a quick read every year. This book is about giving, but it is much more than that. It is a book on priorities. It is a book on stewardship. It is a book designed to test your true allegiance.

The treasure principle that he talks about in the book is simply this: "You can't take it with you--but you can send it on ahead" (18). He says, "Don't ask how your investment will be paying off in just thirty years. Ask how it will be paying off in thirty million years" (19). Once I truly understood that thought, it changed the way I looked at finances & possessions--treasures!

Throughout the book, Alcorn gives six treasure principle keys. It is these keys that he unpacks throughout the book. Here they are.

  1. God owns everything. I'm His money manager.
  2. My heart always goes where I put God's money.
  3. Heaven, not earth, is my home.
  4. I should live not for the dot but for the line.
  5. Giving is the only antidote to materialism.
  6. God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.
If those six principles are convicting, what he writes around them and about them really drive the point home. I said that I read this book quickly every year (usually at the beginning of the year) because it helps me refocus on what really is important. I think throughout the year, my heart tends to drift back towards the material world. I want more and more. But a book like this tends to readjust my thinking time and again.

I simply cannot recommend this book enough. Before there were the books Radical or Crazy Love, there was this book. Read it and be changed! I will pray for your investments! Let me end with this quote from Alcorn. Enjoy!

"Ask yourself, Five minutes after I die, what will I wish I would have given away while I still had the chance? When you come up with an answer, why not give it away now? Why not spend the rest of our lives closing the gap between what we'll wish we would have given and what we really are giving? . . . When you leave this world, will you be known as one who accumulated treasures on earth that you couldn't keep? Or will you be recognized as one who invested treasures in heaven that you couldn't lose? (81).

1 comment:

  1. My mom is reading right now, and she said it's super challenging and convicting. Great book!

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