In The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn he lays out six principles to base all your financial decisions on. This is a small, concise, power-packed book. One you could possibly finish in one day. With easy to understand principles, this book can be read by 12 year old and up. Randy has lived a life of abundant and a life of poverty. To give you a little background:
In 1990, he was one of the pastors of a large church. He loved his work and didn’t want to do anything else. He was on the board of a Crisis Pregnancy Center and had even opened his family’s home to an unwed teen. Eventually Randy felt prompted by God to participate in peaceful, non-violent rescues outside an abortion clinic. Randy and others were arrested and jailed. The abortion clinic was awarded a settlement of lost income as a result of the protests. Randy told the judge that he would gladly repay money owed, but he could not just hand the money to an abortion clinic when the clinic would only use it to kill more babies. Then Randy learned that the funds would be garnished from his church salary. The church would either have to give over the funds or defy a court order. The only way to keep this from happening was for him to resign from his job. So he did. This bold step left Randy without an income. Then another abortion clinic brought suit against the Randy’s group. Though the protests were non-violent, the abortion clinic won one of the largest settlements ever against a protest group – 8.4 million dollars. Suddenly it looked like Randy and his family could lose their house.The only way Randy could avoid garnishment and loss was to earn only minimum wage.
Randy learned very quickly what God meant when he said, “Everything belongs to Me.” (Job 41:10) Through these very events God helped Randy and his wife and see a new vision for their life. From Randy’s life experiences and God’s word, they have learned to live by what they now call “The Treasure Principles.” I won’t list them out because I think you should read the book but for me #3 is what hit me the most.
My heart always goes where I put God’s money. Watch what happens when you reallocate your money from temporal things to eternal things.
As Randy Alcorn says in his book, “Money leads; hearts follow.”
I can attest to that statement. It is amazing how God aligns things in your life once you have brought your finances under his God word. I am not saying life will be free from worry or hardship, but God can bless you more abundantly once you realize that “Everything belongs to God.”
The Treasure Principle: Unlocking the Secret of Joyful Giving (LifeChange Books) can be purchased on Amazon.