Reflections

The Treasure Principle

It has been said that our behavior reveals our beliefs.  That is, what I truly believe and value is reflected in what I do and even how I do it.   

I just received on my desk the Eternal Perspective Ministries Pastors’ Newsletter.  How my name gets on lists is beyond me.  This mailing comes from the pen of best selling author Randy Alcorn and I actually enjoyed this disruption as Randy outlines the principles in his book The Treasure Principle.  This ‘treasure principle’ is a biblical principle and for anyone serious about living Kaleo Life it is a great reminder that our resources and energy move toward what we value.  Jesus put it this way: “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Gospel of Mathew, chapter 6, verse 21).  Randy Alcorn’s reissues Jesus’ challenge to “store up your treasure in heaven” because then every day you’re moving toward – not away – from your treasure.  In a nutshell, that is the “treasure principle”.

 As someone pursuing the Kaleo Life, does your life reflect the treasure principle?

 To help you assess your commitment to the radically surrendered life we call Kaleo, here are Randy Alcorn’s “6 Keys to Understanding the Treasure Principle”:

#1. God owns everything.  I’m His money manager.

#2. My heart always goes where I put God’s money.  Watch what happens when you reallocate your money from temporal to eternal things.

#3. Heaven, not earth, is my home.

#4. I should live not for the dot but for the line. This is my favorite key. This means that from the dot – which is our present life on earth – extends a line that goes on forever, which is eternity in heaven. Living for the line is another way of saying that ‘I am not the point, God is the point. He does not exist for me.  I exist for Him.  Live not for the dot but the line.

#5. Giving is the only antidote to materialism.  Giving is a joyful surrender to a greater Person and a greater agenda.  It dethrones me and exalts Him.

#6. God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.

 So, how are you doing?

Thank you Randy for reminding us that our purpose as Jesus-followers is not just to go to Heaven but to be used by God to release Heaven’s resources on planet earth.

 If you’d like to know more about The Treasure Principle, please visit Randy Alcorn’s website .  It is loaded with free resources and free is still a great price!

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