Oct 25, Kelly rated it did not like it While I believe in giving and supporting my church, I do not agree with the "principles" outlined in this book. At no point should people be pressured to give including living by meager means , nor should people be left to feel guilty if they do not give enough. This book frustrated me more than shedding any light whatsoever on becoming a better Christian. Nov 19, Jordan Shirkman rated it it was amazing Randy Alcorn has some extreme things to say about money.
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Excel in giving so that you may please God, serve others, and enjoy treasures in Heaven. Upon finding it, a traveling man went and sold all he had to buy the field and the treasure with it.
What he gained was much more valuable to him than any other thing he once owned. Jesus sums it up this way. God owns everything. We are the managers of the assets God has entrusted—not given—to us. Watch what happens when you reallocate your money from temporal things to eternal things.
Heaven, not Earth, is my home. From the dot—our present life on earth—extends a line that goes on forever, which is eternity in heaven. 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. God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving. God gives more money than we need so we can give generously.
Giving generously on Earth is connected to heavenly reward. A Lifewater Health Promoter hugs a village resident. In Luke 3, John the Baptist is preaching, and a crowd of people asks him how they should repent and follow God. When a rich man asks Jesus how to gain eternal life, Jesus tells him to sell everything he has and follow him Matthew Each of these examples relates to money.
Then he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. Consider this: Jesus could have simply made their stomachs full or created food out of nothing; instead, he received the compassion and sacrifice of his followers.
He wants our hearts. A young Ethiopian girl drinks safe water from her village well. When you invest your money in helping the poor, saving slaves, returning sight to the blind, feeding the hungry, and giving water to the thirsty, you instinctively care more about those things. Your heart follows your treasure. It is lost, thrown away, or given to someone else. Ultimately, things are just things, a temporary satisfaction. Storing up treasures here is what Alcorn compares to storing treasures in a hotel room.
You cannot take it with you. Of course not. Giving frees people from materialism, from the bondage that comes with toting around heavy Earthly treasures.
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