Randy Alcorn, in his excellent book, THE TREASURE PRINCIPLE, says:
“Imagine you’re alive at the end of the Civil War. You’re living in the South, but you are a Northerner. You plan to move home as soon as the war is over. While in the South you’ve accumulated lots of Confederate currency. Now, suppose you know for a fact that the North is going to win the war and the end is imminent. What will you do with your Confederate money?
If you’re smart, there’s only one answer. You should immediately cash in your Confederate currency for U.S. currency – the only money that will have value once the war is over. Keep only enough Confederate currency to meet your short-term needs.” 1
THE POINT IS UNMISTAKABLE AND IMPOSSIBLE TO MISS.
In their book, GOD AND MONEY, John Cortines and Gregory Baumer said, “As Christians, we have inside knowledge of the final outcome – of the coming of God’s Kingdom. Therefore, accumulating vast earthly treasure we cannot possibly use is short-sighted at best, if not a complete waste of time. As we all know, 'there are no pockets in a shroud and no U-Hauls behind a hearse.’
Jesus went so far as to call the rich man storing up his wealth here on earth a ‘fool’ (Luke 12:13-21). Instead we must focus on storing up treasure in heaven. This means maintaining an ‘eternal perspective’ when managing our wealth. The prophet Isaiah exhorts us, ‘Why do you spend your money on that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy?’ (Isaiah 55:2)
When deciding how to manage our giving, consumption, and savings (all are important!), we must ask ourselves which course of action will most glorify God and most benefit His Kingdom on Earth. A proper attitude toward wealth prioritizes treasure in heaven over treasure on Earth. As Christians, we recognize that we must temporarily use Earth’s currency. We just need to remember it is temporary when we decide how to use it!” 2
This summer don’t make the mistake so many others make — taking a break from putting God and His Kingdom first. Instead, JUMP IN! with everything you’ve got. Summertime is a terrific time for us to get closer to God and grow in our walk with Him. That’s why we’re encouraging all of our people to JUMP IN! and do four things: LOVE, LIVE, SERVE & GIVE. (To read more CLICK HERE.)
Summertime is also a terrific time to set up online giving. We’ve been recommending that for several years now and encourage all of our people to set up online saving, too — yes, even in summer. When fall rolls around, you’ll be glad you did. (CLICK HERE to set up online giving.)
The needs of our ministry continue all summer long, in fact, they actually increase. But that’s only half the battle we face. The devil is also working harder in the summer to do anything and everything he can (1 Peter 5:8) to distract us or direct our time and attention away from what we know we ought to be doing — what God is calling us to do. The way we win that war is by deciding ahead of time what our response is going to be. We’re going to have a quiet time every day. We’re going to be in church every weekend, even if we’re on vacation. (CLICK HERE to view our directory of churches.) We’re going to give faithfully and generously every week. We’re going to invite our friends, family members and neighbors to worship with us, etc.
This summer don’t make the mistake so many others make — taking a break from putting God and His Kingdom first.
Cortines and Baumer lay down the gauntlet with this sobering challenge: “What value will our ‘Confederate’ houses, cars, wardrobes, and retirement accounts have when we meet Jesus? God can produce blessing out of any amount we invest in His Kingdom. But He also evaluates the amount we choose to invest in our own kingdoms. God desires for us to enjoy His blessings, but to do so through the lens of His eternal Kingdom, not our own temporary one. We must be thoughtful about where we choose to store our treasure.” 3
So this summer, JUMP IN!
© 2017. Barry L. Cameron
1 Alcorn, Randy. The Treasure Principle, Multnomah. Sisters, OR. Pg. 13-14.
2 Cortines, John and Baumer, Gregory. GOD AND MONEY. Rose Publishing, Carson, CA. Pg. 51-52.
3 Cortines, John and Baumer, Gregory. GOD AND MONEY. Rose Publishing, Carson, CA. Pg. 51-52.
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.