I really like this book. For starters, it’s a short book with only 6 chapters, but don’t let that fool you, it’s packed with a ton of thoughtful, biblical and challenging information. You may think this is over the top, but It’s Life-Changing. The title of the book is a revealing explanation of Jesus’ parable about the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 13:44.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
The book starts with this verse and takes you on a journey through the Bible; Story after Story, Quotes from historical figures, Facts and Challenges. I was very impressed with Randy Alcorn’s clear teaching of this principle and his life experiences that brought him to write this book. Here are a few things that I liked about this book.
- It does a great job of explaining the scriptures as it relates to money (boy, are there a lot of them!). I was amazed at how many scriptures talk about money and stewardship!
- It has so many stories of people who followed the treasure principle and were blessed for it (as well as tragic stories of those who didn’t).
- It’s very logical in the laying out of facts as it relates to the wealthy and those who are poor.
- The Treasure Principle is convicting and has the potential to change your life.
- It makes the distinction that Jesus is your ultimate treasure, not things of the earth.
- Quotes from the past are everywhere, people who have been there and done that make it clear that wealth brings burden.
- At the end of chapter 6, you’ll feel like you went 10 rounds with Mike Tyson. Go ahead, see for yourself.
There are many more things I liked about this book, I really strained to think of what parts to talk about and what to leave out (yes, it’s that good).
So, where do you stand when it comes to your life here on earth? What are you living for? I know that we may say that money doesn’t control us, but the Bible is clear; where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matt 6:21). No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and Wealth (Matt 6:24). Most of humanity is on the Broad road that leads to destruction (Matt 7:13). The Treasure Principle makes it clear that when you are living on the Narrow road and following Jesus (who is our ultimate treasure), you live to glorify him and lay up treasure in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal (Matt 6:20).
Do you remember the Christmas Carol, with Ebenezer Scrooge? Why was this man so happy in the end? It’s because he was able to see how selfish he was and that there was still time to change the tragic outcome by giving to others. Did you know that it’s more blessed to give than to receive (not just for Christmas). Giving to others has a real way of bringing a person closer to the Lord and also stores up treasure in heaven.
So, I could go on and on about what I learned from this book. I gave it the highest rating I could, 5 books. Go read it for yourself or listen to it on audible.