The Treasure Principle

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Today kicks off the Dollars for Donuts series–three posts about financial stewardship. The expression "dollars for donuts" means a guarentee or certainty. The guarantee here? A renewed perspective on your finances, practical steps to walk away with and if you commit it to God, he will change your outlook on all things having to do with money.

Greed is a sin that doesn't usually make the top of my "I'm currently struggling with" list. Why is that? Personally, it's because I can compare what I'm giving with (what I think) those around me are giving.

The truth is we can never truly know another person's heart or motives, and that's not our place. But we are responsible for our own actions and motivations.

The antidote for greed isn't just giving a spare dollar here or there. Just as the way to overcoming alcoholism isn't to just have a drink less everyday. You have to be all in, giving not just when it's convenient but trusting God to stretch us.

Last year, I read The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn and my mind was blown. My heart was convicted. My wallet opened. In The Treasure Principle, Alcorn discusses how we are God's money managers, simply stewarding what He has entrusted to us while on this earth. It's not that just 10% is God's. It is ALL God's money.

My prayer is often that God would help me fix my eyes on eternity, on the everlasting, rather than the presently fading world. While I've often pondered what it means to have an eternal perspective, I never linked giving as the remedy. Alcorn challenges us:

"Do you wish you cared more about eternal things? Then reallocate some of your money, maybe most of your money from temporal things to eternal things. Watch what happens."

By deciding to store up treasures in heaven, not on earth, I look forward to that coming day with anticipation, not angst.

"He who lays up treasures on earth spends his life backing away from his treasures. To him, death is loss. He who lays up treasures in heaven looks forward to eternity; he's moving daily toward his treasures. To him, death is gain."

What a privilege it is to be God's Ambassador on this earth–leading others to know Jesus Christ personally and sharpening each other to live holier lives. Money is not excluded from the areas of our life God wants to transform.

It's a concept that can't be explained logically or one that makes any sense by the world's standards, but as we give, we open the door for God to further bless us. Note: this should not be our motivation for giving, but one of the beautiful rewards it yields.

Over the last couple months of further putting this priniciple into practice, Jordan and I find ourselves constantly saying "we cannot outgive God." How beautiful it is to serve the Lord of the universe who has infinite, abundant resources to lavish on us–not mere wordly wealth, but eternal rewards, my friends.

When the Bible says in Acts "it is more blessed to give than to receive," it's legit.

Let's do this. Take God at His word. Give and watch what happens to your heart, your relationships, your life, your faith.