The Treasure Principle, Part 2

The Treasure Principle, Part 2

This message teaches important keys that will have a HUGE impact on your view of money and possessions in light of eternity. 

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The Treasure Principle Part 2

Mosaic Rockford – Dave Spooner – Jan. 15th, 2017

 

Intro –

  • Part 2 of our series called “The Treasure Principle”
  • Treasure Principle – “You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead”

 

Key #1 God owns everything, I’m His money manager

    • We are the managers of the assets God has entrusted-not given- to us. 

 

Key #2  My heart always goes where I put God’s Money

 

  • Matt 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”.
    • If you don’t have a “heart” for something, it is because you do not treasure it.
    • Simple test to see where your heart is
      • Look at where you spend your money (checkbook, banks statement, credit card statement)
      • Look at where you spend your time (schedule)

 

Your life will move in the direction of your heart.  Your heart will move in the direction of your treasure. If you want a bigger heart for anything, invest your treasure there.

 

  • God wants your heart.  He isn’t looking just for “donors” for His kingdom, He wants people so filled with a vision for eternity that they wouldn’t dream of not investing their money, time, and prayers where they will matter most.

 

Key #3  Heaven, not earth, is my home

 

  • Where we choose to store our treasures depends largely on where we think our home is.  (Ill of working in London for 3 months and you can’t bring anything back from London on your flight home… you will not deck out the hotel room, you will send it all ahead)
  • The greatest deterrent to giving is the illusion that earth is our home
  • As Christians, we are citizens of “a better country – a heavenly one” (Heb. 11:16) We’re pilgrims, strangers, aliens on earth (Heb 11:13) We’re ambassadors representing our true country (2 Cor. 5:20)
  • The greatest deterrent to giving is the illusion that earth is our home
  • So it makes sense to put our “treasures” in our true home.
  • Ill.  John Wesley taking a tour of a vast estate of a proud plantation owner.  When asked what he thought of it John replied to the plantation owner “I think you’re going to have a hard time leaving all this”.

 

Key #4 I should live not for the dot but for the line

  • Ill. of the dot and the line    O———————————- . . . . . .
  1. From the dot – (our present life on earth) – extends a line that goes on forever, which is eternity in heaven.
  • Right now we’re living in the dot, but what are we living for?
  1. The shortsighted person lives for the dot. The person with perspective lives for the line.
  2. People living for the line go and give because they have perspective, faith, love

 

At the end of this life you are going to have two yards:

a grave yard and a junk yard

 

  • take a trip by yourself or with your family to a grave yard and a junk yard to give yourself perspective
  • Eccl 7:2 for death is the destiny of every man; the living should take this to heart.

 

He who spends his life moving away from his treasures has reason to despair.  He who spends his life moving toward his treasures has reason to rejoice

 

  • I want you to be people who have reason to rejoice as time and eternity move forward.

 

Conclusion  

 

Questions to Ask Yourself

    1. By the way you live, where would you say your home is, heaven or earth?
    2. Am I living for the dot or the line?
    3. For what and in whom am I really living for and investing in?

 

  • Next week we will conclude with biblical and practical ways to do these things