Managing God's Money (Paperback)Randy Alcorn
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Money is often a taboo subject in "polite" society. But did you know that Jesus talked about money more than any subject---including heaven and hell? In this easy-to-follow Q&A version of Money, Possessions & Eternity, Alcorn deals with materialism, stewardship, prosperity theology, debt, and more---and challeges you to rethink your use of God-given resources.
Size108 x 178 mm
Number of Pages272 pp
Chapter OneStarting Right:
A Biblical Mind-Set
Are we faithful in how we handle money?
First, we should come to grips with reality—even when
we imagine we have little money, we have far more than
we realize. Many who say, “I have nothing to give,”
spend large amounts of discretionary income on cars,
clothes, coffee, entertainment, phones, computers, and
so on. They have nothing to give when they’re done spend-
ing, precisely because they’re never done spending. Then,
when they run out of money, they think it’s because
they didn’t have enough.
In Luke 16, Jesus suggests that all of us are continu-
ally tested in our money management: “If you are faith-
ful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But
if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest
with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrust-
worthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with
the true riches of heaven?” (Luke 16:10-11).
This principle invalidates all of our “if onlys,” such
as “If only I made more money, I’d help the poor,” or
“If only I had a million dollars, then I’d give it to my
church or missions.” If I’m dishonest or selfish in my
use of a few dollars, I would be dishonest or selfish
in my use of a million dollars. The issue is not what
I would do with a million dollars if I had it, but what
I am doing with the hundred thousand, ten thousand,
or ten dollars I do have.