The Treasure Principle - Discovering the Secret of Joyful Giving


How much do I want to read more? 7/10

The story at the beginning reminds me how I would sell all my possessions, house, savings and more to have what comes more essential to me, and cannot be sold. Me being the person I want to be.
A simple read, and I like it. The quotes from the Bible are not "boring" but well chosen.
My first take away is we have to choose what we value most. Is our focus and mind on our possessions to have an easy life, or on the greatest and eternal treasure in ourselves, and helping others?
it's indeed a big shift to go from one to the other.


INTRODUCTION

All your life, you've been on a treasure hunt.

CHAPTER 1 - BURIED TREASURE

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

-- Jim Elliot

Story: Five minutes later, he's uncovered it—a case fringed in gold. Gold coins! Jewelry! Precious stones of every color! A treasure more valuable than anything he's ever imagined.
The traveler closes the lid, buries the chest, and marks the spot.
He's skipping like a little boy, smiling broadly.
What a find! Unbelievable! I've got to have that treasure! But I can't just take it—that would be stealing. Whoever owns the field owns what's in it. But how can I afford to buy it? I'll sell my farm… and crops… all my tools… my prize oxen. Yes, if I sell everything, that should be enough!

From the moment of his discovery, the traveler's life changes. The treasure captures his imagination, becomes the stuff of his dreams. It's his reference point, his new center of gravity. The traveler takes every new step with this treasure in mind. He experiences a radical paradigm shift.

This story is captured by Jesus in a single verse:
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field (Matthew 13:44).

THE MONEY CONNECTION

Zacchaeus said to Jesus,
Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount (Luke 19:8).
Jesus' response? “Today salvation has come to this house” (v. 9). Zacchaeus's radical new approach to money proved that his heart had been transformed.

The poor widow steps off the pages of Scripture by giving two small coins. Jesus praised her: “She, out of her poverty, put in everything” (Mark 12:44).

In stark contrast, Jesus spoke of a rich man who spent all his wealth on himself. He planned to tear down his barns and build larger ones, storing up for himself so he could retire early and take life easy.
But God called the man a fool, saying,
This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself? (Luke 12:20).

When a rich young man pressed Jesus about how to gain eternal life, Jesus told him, “Sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me” (Matthew 19:21). The man was obsessed with earthly treasures. Jesus called him to something higher—heavenly treasures.
Jesus knew that money and possessions were the man's god. He realized that the man wouldn't serve God unless he dethroned his money idol. But the seeker considered the price too great. Sadly, he walked away from real treasures.