Christian Nonfiction. Religion & Spirituality. Nonfiction. HTML: DISCOVER A JOY MORE PRECIOUS THAN GOLD! Priceless treasure is within your reach. And with it, liberating joy. In Randy Alcorn's The Treasure Principle, you'll unearth a radical teaching of Jesus â?? a secret wrapped up in giving. Once you discover this secret, life will never look the same. And you won't want it to!
He's right about so much: Giving can/should be joyful, Giving jump starts our relationship with God, Giving helps us store up heavenly rewards, but what is almost entirely absent is the object of the giving: the poor.
Acorn writes, "We need to feed, clothe, house, and transport our families. But when the basics are taken care of, why shouldn't the rest go toward treasures in heaven?" He also writes, "When we die after devoting our lives to acquiring things, we don't win--we lose." In both cases, he ends with a focus on ourselves instead of on others, that is, his motivation isn't love. The first statement should end with the phrase the poor who need it and the second with the poor lose.
Acorn believes that the biggest roadblock to giving is thinking that earth is our home. He's wrong. The biggest roadblock is our lack of empathy with the poor. For who could live the affluent life of a suburban American with all our excess and know that there are people dying because our money is tied up in HDTV subscriptions?