ST. CROIX INSIGHTS

Reflections on The Treasure Principle: Aligning Faith and Finances

BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC
Open Bible on a wooden board near the river.

We have a few topics in our lives that have become taboo to discuss – religion, politics, and money. That’s just the shortlist. Now add a combination of God and money. Oh boy. That’s a topic that makes 99% of people squirm in their chairs. As those who know me well are aware, I’m not afraid to bring up or discuss these types of topics; after all, that’s why you hire me! These taboo topics impact our daily walk of life.

Even for me, at times, money has been complicated.

I believe most people experience three phases of money and possessions:

  1. Acquisition
  2. Accumulation
  3. Cleanout

Many people reach a point of maturity where they realize they have too much stuff; it causes too much stress, and they wonder why it took them so long to realize that. After all, it’s just physical material stuff. Material possessions, I’d argue, give us a false sense of financial security – all this man-made stuff that can be taken away by someone else, stolen, burned, or just deteriorated over time.

It’s taken some time, deep thought, mindful debate with myself, reading, and maturity to realize that none of the “stuff” you and I own are truly ours. We cannot take any of our earthly treasures with us. The truth is, God owns it all. We own nothing. While we are here on earth, we are just caretakers. It’s pretty simple. The Bible actually discusses money more than any other topic. I think it’s simple why – God gave us free will, and just look around us today to see what is happening. Money can truly corrupt oneself.

I believe God knew we couldn’t serve two masters – God and money. He knew we needed to dethrone the money idol. I can personally tell you, the best way I do this is to give money away (after all, it’s not mine). All of our earthly treasures are TEMPORARY. And while I know this in my heart, I still struggle with it at times.

To take an excerpt from Randy Alcorn’s The Treasure Principle, “In Matthew 6, Jesus fully unveils the foundation of what I call the Treasure Principle. It’s one of His most neglected and misinterpreted teachings:

Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (vv.19-21)”

I’m a true believer in “show me your bank account or credit card statements and I’ll show you your priorities.” But money isn’t the only treasure we can give. We can give time, wisdom, and roll up our sleeves.

It’s so easy in our daily walk of life to think earth is our forever home. But it’s not. “Our citizenship is in heaven,” Philippians 3:20.

It’s surprising how, as humans, we don’t have this conversation more about our own mortality, and how we can be impactful with our limited time on earth.

The Treasure Principle talks about God, money, and how to be impactful in our daily walk of life. It’s not all about how much stuff I can accumulate; I believe it’s about how I can be impactful with the treasures I’ve been given as a manager of God’s treasures.

And I think as one has more years behind than ahead, you start to think about life differently. The bottom line is all of our earthly treasures will be left behind, and I believe our heavenly treasures will be waiting for us that I’ve sent forward.

If you found these reflections on The Treasure Principle thought-provoking or if you’re seeking guidance on how to incorporate these ideals into your own financial planning journey, I invite you to reach out to me. Let’s continue this conversation and explore how we can align your faith with your finances for a more fulfilling life. Your comments and inquiries are always welcome. Together, we can navigate the path towards stewardship and purpose.

 

We have a few topics in our lives that have become taboo to discuss – religion, politics, and money. That’s just the shortlist. Now add a combination of God and money. Oh boy. That’s a topic that makes 99% of people squirm in their chairs. As those who know me well are aware, I’m not afraid to bring up or discuss these types of topics; after all, that’s why you hire me! These taboo topics impact our daily walk of life.

Even for me, at times, money has been complicated.

I believe most people experience three phases of money and possessions:

  1. Acquisition
  2. Accumulation
  3. Cleanout

Many people reach a point of maturity where they realize they have too much stuff; it causes too much stress, and they wonder why it took them so long to realize that. After all, it’s just physical material stuff. Material possessions, I’d argue, give us a false sense of financial security – all this man-made stuff that can be taken away by someone else, stolen, burned, or just deteriorated over time.

It’s taken some time, deep thought, mindful debate with myself, reading, and maturity to realize that none of the “stuff” you and I own are truly ours. We cannot take any of our earthly treasures with us. The truth is, God owns it all. We own nothing. While we are here on earth, we are just caretakers. It’s pretty simple. The Bible actually discusses money more than any other topic. I think it’s simple why – God gave us free will, and just look around us today to see what is happening. Money can truly corrupt oneself.

I believe God knew we couldn’t serve two masters – God and money. He knew we needed to dethrone the money idol. I can personally tell you, the best way I do this is to give money away (after all, it’s not mine). All of our earthly treasures are TEMPORARY. And while I know this in my heart, I still struggle with it at times.

To take an excerpt from Randy Alcorn’s The Treasure Principle, “In Matthew 6, Jesus fully unveils the foundation of what I call the Treasure Principle. It’s one of His most neglected and misinterpreted teachings:

Do not store up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (vv.19-21)”

I’m a true believer in “show me your bank account or credit card statements and I’ll show you your priorities.” But money isn’t the only treasure we can give. We can give time, wisdom, and roll up our sleeves.

It’s so easy in our daily walk of life to think earth is our forever home. But it’s not. “Our citizenship is in heaven,” Philippians 3:20.

It’s surprising how, as humans, we don’t have this conversation more about our own mortality, and how we can be impactful with our limited time on earth.

The Treasure Principle talks about God, money, and how to be impactful in our daily walk of life. It’s not all about how much stuff I can accumulate; I believe it’s about how I can be impactful with the treasures I’ve been given as a manager of God’s treasures.

And I think as one has more years behind than ahead, you start to think about life differently. The bottom line is all of our earthly treasures will be left behind, and I believe our heavenly treasures will be waiting for us that I’ve sent forward.

If you found these reflections on The Treasure Principle thought-provoking or if you’re seeking guidance on how to incorporate these ideals into your own financial planning journey, I invite you to reach out to me. Let’s continue this conversation and explore how we can align your faith with your finances for a more fulfilling life. Your comments and inquiries are always welcome. Together, we can navigate the path towards stewardship and purpose.