The Treasure Principle
From time to time I will get out my very old stamp collection. When I was a kid my Grandma Walker got me interested in collecting postage stamps by collecting them herself. I must say, I have quite a collection of both foreign and domestic stamps! When my grandma passed away I combined the two collections. One day I will organize them into something I can pass on to my grandkids…if they have interest. As they say, “one man’s stuff is another man’s treasure.” Do you have any treasures?
To name a few of the most popular things man treasures would include things like money, jewelry, cars, boats and other personal possessions. What If God asked you to give away your treasures, would you do it? Jesus did ask the young rich ruler to do this very thing. And the ruler walked away with his head down because he knew that his treasures were more important than what he sought from Jesus.
How do you view the treasures you possess? How do you view the treasures that you seek? Everybody has some type of treasure. And everybody has certain treasures they seek.
Beginning on October 8th and going through October 29th, I will be preaching through a series called “The Treasure Principle.” In 2001 Randy Alcorn wrote a book with the same title. Many of our small groups will be going through his curriculum. On Sunday mornings we will be examining Matthew 6:19-21 where it says,
” Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 “But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
Within these three verses we see the “Treasure Principle.” The “Treasure Principle” is simple to understand. “If you try to store up your treasures just for yourself you will eventually lose them. But if you give them away you will be greatly rewarded in the next life.” Or as Randy Alcorn says in his book, “You can’t take it with you – but you can send it on ahead.”
During the month of October, we will be talking about four aspects of giving.
- The Treasure of Giving
- The Spirituality of Giving.
- The Sacrifice of Giving.
- The Joy of Giving.
The Bible offers 500 verses on prayer, fewer than 500 verses on faith, and more than 2,000 verses on money. In fact, 15% of everything Jesus ever taught was on the topic of money and possessions – more than His teachings on heaven and hell combined. Together we will seek the Lord for His guidance and instruction on the treasures He has allowed us to manage for Him while we live out our lives on earth and as we seek to unlock the secret of the “Treasure Principle.”