Money/Possessions & Eternity

  1. It is not wrong to want to work and earn a decent living; in fact, God has given work to us.  But this legitimate desire can very easily cross the line into greed - especially in our materialistic society.   - From page 160 of “Billy Graham in Quotes” by Franklin Graham with Donna Lee Toney.
  2. Why did the Savior of the world spend 15 percent of his recorded words on this one subject? Why did he say more about how we are to view and handle money and possessions than about any other single thing?  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 4, at location 264.
  3. God cares a great deal about our money—a great deal more than most of us imagine.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 4, at location 264.
  4. Satan is the Lord of Materialism. “Mammon” is but an alias of the Prince of Darkness, who has a vested interest in whether or not we understand and obey Christ’s commands concerning money and possessions. The Enemy will not give ground without a fight.  Our use of money and possessions is a decisive statement of our eternal values. What we do with our money loudly affirms which kingdom we belong to. Whenever we give of our resources to further God’s kingdom, we cast a ballot for Christ and against Satan, for heaven and against hell. Whenever we use our resources selfishly and indifferently we further Satan’s goals.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 216.
  5. The everyday choices I make regarding money and possessions are of eternal consequence.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 216.
  6. The best way to check our heart’s attitude regarding material possessions is to allow all the principles of God’s Word to penetrate our innermost being. “The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 229.
  7. Most people fail to realize that money is both a test and a trust from God. God uses finances to teach us to trust him, and for many people, money is the greatest test of all. God watches how we use money to test how trustworthy we are. The Bible says, “If you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven?”
    This is a very important truth. God says there is a direct relationship between how I use my money and the quality of my spiritual life. How I manage my money (“worldly wealth”) determines how much God can trust me with spiritual blessings (“true riches”). Let me ask you: Is the way you manage your money preventing God from doing more in your life? Can you be trusted with spiritual riches?

    Jesus said, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” Life is a test and a trust, and the more God gives you, the more responsible he expects you to be. - From the book “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren.
  8. Jesus Christ said more about money than about any other single thing because, when it comes to a man’s real nature, money is of first importance. Money is an exact index to a man’s true character.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 2, at location 242.
  9. How could the Bible’s Author and Editor justify devoting twice as many verses to money (about 2,350 of them) than to faith and prayer combined? How could Jesus say more about money than about both heaven and hell? Didn’t he know what was really important?  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 3, at location 251.
  10. Jesus judged the reality of this man’s salvation based on his willingness—no, his cheerful eagerness—to part with his money for the glory of God and the good of others.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 4, at location 264.
  11. Jesus knew that money was the rich young man’s god. He also knew that none of us can enthrone the true God unless in the process we dethrone our other gods. If Christ is not Lord over our money and possessions, then he is not our Lord.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 5, at location 290.
  12. There is a powerful relationship between our true spiritual condition and our attitude and actions concerning money and possessions.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 5, at location 302.
  13. Our handling of money is a litmus test of our true character. It’s an index of our spiritual life. Our stewardship of our money and possessions becomes the story of our lives.   - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 8, at location 353.
  14. We all will eventually give an account of our lives to God (Romans 14:12; 2 Corinthians 5:10), one day everyone must answer these questions: Where did it all go? What did I spend it on? What has been accomplished for eternity through my use of all this wealth?  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 8, at location 366.
  15. Answer these questions: Where did it all go? What did I spend it on? What has been accomplished for eternity through my use of all this wealth? - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 366.
  16. I have also learned why Paul said, “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). I have found that cheerful givers love God and love him more deeply each time they give. To me, one of the few experiences comparable to the joy of leading someone to Christ is the joy of making wise and generous choices with my money and possessions. Both are supreme acts of worship. Both are exhilarating. Both are what we were made for. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 409.
  17. How we view our money and possessions is of the utmost importance. What we do with our money will—and I choose these words deliberately—influence the very course of eternity.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 424.
  18. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 449.
  19. The Bible is the only book worthy of the title chosen by a popular financial counselor for his own book: The Only Investment Guide You’ll Ever Need.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 452.
  20. Martin Luther recognized when he said that for each of us there must be not only the conversion of the heart and mind but also the conversion of the purse. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 490.
  21. Materialism is money-centered and thing-centered rather than God-centered. It has no place in the Christian life. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 516.
  22. But is there an opposite extreme? Can the pendulum swing away from materialism and go too far in the other direction? I believe the answer is yes. That other extreme is asceticism. Asceticism is a way of thinking that sees money and things as evil. To the ascetic, the less you own, the more spiritual you are. If something isn’t essential, you shouldn’t have it. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 516.
  23. Materialism and asceticism are rooted in equally wrong views of money and possessions. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 519.
  24. Money has social and economic benefits that can be used for the betterment of people. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 545.
  25. The money is an instrument of good, not good itself. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 552.
  26. The greater a thing’s potential for good when used rightly, the greater its potential for evil when used wrongly. So it is with money—it has vast potential to be used for either good or evil. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 557.
  27. In a sinful world, money becomes something other than a neutral means of barter. It becomes an instrument of power. In the hands of sinful people, power is perverted into oppression, and money becomes an object of worship, a false god. In rejecting a God they don’t wish to serve, sinful people instead come to serve—and serve themselves with—the god of money. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 560.
  28. There’s nothing inherently wrong with money, there’s something desperately wrong with devotion to money. “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” (1 Timothy 6:9-10). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 563.
  29. Using Money for Good Purposes Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings” (Luke 16:9).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 571.
  30. Jesus tells us to do something good with “worldly wealth” (literally, “the mammon of unrighteousness”). It’s as if he’s saying, “Take this thing that is commonly used for evil and use it for good. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 574.
  31. Jesus also said, “No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money” (Luke 16:13).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 579.
  32. Once we allow money to have lordship over our lives, it becomes Money with a capital M, a god that jealously dethrones all else. Money makes a terrible master, yet it makes a good servant to those who have the right master—God. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 583.
  33. Money may be temporarily under our control, but we must always regard it as a wild beast, with power to turn on us and others if we drop our guard. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at location 586.
  34. If God is our master, all money is at his disposal. We must concern ourselves not with what Money says, but with what God says. The need for money may be a factor in our decisions, but it is never the factor. God, not Money, is sovereign. Money—whether by its presence or absence—must never rule our lives. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 19, at location 590.
  35. How we use money is always of critical importance to our spiritual lives. It has a lasting impact on two worlds—this one and the next. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 19, at location 594.
  36. Spirituality is a matter of the heart, not one’s material circumstances. Someone can have few possessions yet still be a materialist at heart, just as one can be an alcoholic without a bottle in hand. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 24, at location 706.
  37. Can we follow the example of the many Christians, both past and present, who have chosen a more simple and uncluttered lifestyle than our own? Would we consider giving up enough of our things to detach ourselves from the things we have, yet hold onto enough to use for our good and the good of others? Can we do what Jesus commanded us—to use money but not serve it? Can we discover what it means to invest money for eternal purposes? Is it possible to live in a materialistic culture without being tainted by materialism? These are some of the challenges and opportunities set before us as we seek to follow the clear-thinking, simple-living Galilean who was and is the Son of God. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 28, at location 778.
  38. God created us to love people and use things, but materialists love things and use people. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 32, at location 878. 
  39. Materialism can only be corrected by changing our view of God. This change, in turn, can only come from a belief in and study of the Scriptures, which tell us about God, and which alone give us the context to understand ourselves and the proper place of money and possessions. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 33, at location 892.
  40. Materialism results from a failure to realize that we were made for only one person (Jesus) and one place (heaven). Those of us who know Christ will one day be with him in heaven. Until then, nothing else can satisfy us. Materialism is a lie that Satan whispers in our ears: “If you had this thing or this person, you’d finally be happy.” As long as we live by the lie, regardless of what we say we believe, we will be practicing materialists.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 33, at location 895.
  41. Jesus Christ sounded a sober warning against materialism in any form and in any age: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” (Luke 12:15).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 34, at location 909.
  42. Greed isn’t a harmless pastime but a serious offense against God. As one who lusts is an adulterer (Matthew 5:28) and one who hates is a murderer (1 John 3:15), so one who is greedy is an idolater (Colossians 3:5). Greed is money worship, a violation of the first and most fundamental commandment: “I am the Lord your God. . . . You shall have no other gods before me” (Exodus 20:2-3).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 34, at location 913.
  43. Greed is considered the source of almost every destructive force imaginable, including war (James 4:1-3). The lust for money and possessions is considered the root of a thousand social evils, the most basic of which is apostasy, running away from the true God (1 Timothy 6:10). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 34, at location 918.
  44. The more things we own—the greater their total mass—the more they grip us, hold us, set us in orbit around them. Finally, like a black hole, a gargantuan cosmic vacuum cleaner, they mercilessly suck us into themselves, until we become indistinguishable from our things, surrendering ourselves to the inhuman gods we have idolized. This is the final end of materialism. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 34, at location 925.
  45. Jesus Christ brings us good news. He calls us to adopt a mind-set of generous giving, a habit of life that changes the equation of our lives. Generous giving frees us from the hold of our possessions, breaking us out of their orbit. Through generous giving we can escape the gravity of things on earth by establishing a new orbit around treasures we store up in heaven. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 34, at location 928.
  46. “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 35, at location 933.
  47. “Man is born with his fist clenched but dies with his hands wide open.” The Scriptures say, “Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand” (Ecclesiastes 5:15). But the rich fool was too busy being “successful” to care. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 35, at location 949.
  48. You can’t take it with you. Or as someone put it, “You’ll never see a hearse pulling a U-Haul.” - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 35, at location 954.
  49. Trusting God, giving and caring and sharing are not only right but smart. Someday this upside-down world will be turned right side up. Nothing in all eternity will turn it back again. If we are wise, we will spend our brief lives on earth positioning ourselves for the turn. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn at page 37, at location 986.
  50. Seeking fulfillment in money, land, houses, cars, clothes, boats, campers, hot tubs, world travel, and cruises has left us bound and gagged by materialism—and like drug addicts, we pathetically think that our only hope lies in getting more of the same. Meanwhile, the voice of God—unheard amid the clamor of our possessions—is telling us that even if materialism did bring happiness in this life, which it clearly does not, it would leave us woefully unprepared for the next life.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1010.
  51. The soul is a spiritual thing, riches are of an earthly extract, and how can these fill a spiritual substance? How man does thirst after the world, but, alas, it falls short of his expectation. It cannot fill the hiatus and longing of his soul. THOMAS WATSON.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1018.
  52. The type of man most likely to grow very, very rich is the type of man least likely to enjoy it. MAX GUNTHER.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1021.
  53. The poorest man I know is the man who has nothing but money. JOHN D. ROCKEFELLER - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1023.
  54. Satan works on the assumption that every person has a price. Often, unfortunately, he is right. Many people are willing to surrender themselves and their principles to whatever god will bring them the greatest short-term profit. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1032.
  55. The New Testament tells us that “greed . . . is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5). Idolatry is worshiping and serving anything other than the one true God. Everything material we have, including money, is either a tool or an idol. If we fail to use it as a tool for God’s intended purposes, it mutates into an idol. For the Church, the bride of Christ, idolatry is the same as adultery—a wanton betrayal of a husband who loves us enough to die for us. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1037.
  56. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:9-10) - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1047.
  57. Jesus said the rich are at a spiritual disadvantage (Matthew 19:23-24). The problem, of course, is not that God doesn’t love the rich. The problem is that the rich don’t love God. They simply have too much else to love. Who needs God, we think, when we’ve got everything? This is why Jesus didn’t say, “You should not serve both God and Money,” but “You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24, italics mine).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1052.
  58. The images of the World Trade Center—that towering symbol of our financial prosperity—falling to the ground are forever etched in our memories. As terrible a tragedy as it was, the collapse was a reminder of the truth that, one day, God in his justice will bring down all the centers of human achievement and prosperity that do not humble themselves before him. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1066.
  59. God’s power isn’t just needed by unbelievers to be converted. It’s needed by believers to be obedient and joyful. The grace that has freed us from bondage to sin is desperately needed to free us from our bondage to materialism.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1082.
  60. The Westminster Shorter Catechism of 1647 says, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” God calls us to find our primary joy in him. When we seek to find our primary joy in anything or anyone else, we commit idolatry. Idolatry is not only wrong—it’s always unsuccessful. It simply doesn’t work. Nothing and no one but God can bear the weight of our worship or give us lasting joy.   - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1104.
  61. Materialism prevents or destroys our spiritual life. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1114.
  62. Materialism blinds us to our own spiritual poverty. Puritan Richard Baxter said, “When men prosper in the world, their minds are lifted up with their estates, and they can hardly believe that they are so ill, while they feel themselves so well.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1116.
  63. Materialism is a fruitless attempt to find meaning outside of God. When we try to find ultimate fulfillment in a person other than Christ or a place other than heaven, we become idolaters. According to Scripture, materialism is not only evil; it is tragic and pathetic. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1125.
  64. Every attempt to find life in anyone or anything but God is vain. Materialism is a dead-end street. It is not only wrong—it is utterly self-destructive.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1134.
  65. Materialism blinds us to the curses of wealth. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1135.
  66. “In my experience, 95 percent of the believers who face the test of persecution pass it, while 95 percent who face the test of prosperity fail it.” This was Thomas Carlyle’s point when he said, “Adversity is sometimes hard upon a man, but for one man who can stand prosperity, there are a hundred that will stand adversity.”29 - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1140.
  67. We commit pride or conceit—the devil’s sin (1 Timothy 3:6)—when we begin crediting ourselves with the skills, opportunities, and providential blessings that are in reality God’s gifts, unearned and undeserved. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1145.
  68. In the midst of prosperity, the challenge for believers is to handle wealth in such a way that it acts as a blessing, not a curse. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1152.
  69. Material prosperity can begin as God’s blessing, but when we treat it as a substitute for God, it becomes a curse. Given the lessons of Scripture and history, if God were going to curse someone, what more effective means could he use than to heap on the wealth? - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1160.
  70. Materialism brings us unhappiness and anxiety. Many lives are an endless string of materialistic “if onlys.” If only I could get a raise; if only I could get a better-paying job; if only I could buy a new car; if only I could get that boat, country cottage, dress, rifle, or toy, then I would be happy. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1162.
  71. Materialism is the mother of anxiety. No wonder Christ’s discourse on earthly and heavenly treasures is immediately followed by his admonitions not to worry about material things (Matthew 6:25-34). People lay up treasures on earth rather than in heaven not only because of greed and selfishness, but also because of fear and insecurity. Yet putting our hope in earthly treasures does nothing but multiply anxiety. Why? Because earthly treasures are so temporary and uncertain. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1189.
  72. To set our heart on earthly riches not only deprives God of glory, others of help, and ourselves of reward, it also destines us to perpetual insecurity. Materialism has no upside. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1196.
  73. The more we have, the more we have to worry about. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1199.
  74. “Whoever loves money never has money enough.” The more you have, the more you want. “Whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income.” The more you have, the less you’re satisfied. “As goods increase, so do those who consume them.” The more you have, the more people (including the government) come after it. “And what benefit are they to the owner except to feast his eyes on them?” The more you have, the more you realize it doesn’t meet your real needs. “The sleep of a laborer is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of a rich man permits him no sleep.” The more you have, the more you have to worry about. “I have seen a grievous evil under the sun: wealth hoarded to the harm of its owner.” The more you have, the more you can hurt yourself by holding on to it. “or wealth lost through some misfortune.” The more you have, the more you have to lose. “Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand.” The more you have, the more you’ll leave behind. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1208.
  75. “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income” (Ecclesiastes 5:10). The repeated word never is emphatic—there are no exceptions. There’s an unspoken corollary to this statement: To become satisfied, you must change your attitude toward wealth. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1234.
  76. Materialism obscures many of the best things in life, which are free—including the gift of salvation. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1239.
  77. Materialism spawns independence and self-sufficiency, which are deadly to faith.- From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1255.
  78. Self-sufficiency is the great enemy of faith and prayer, which are the heartbeat of the Christian life. We pride ourselves on our “financial independence,” but where would we be without God, from whom our every breath is a gift? The very expression “financial independence” may be blasphemy. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1258.
  79. Materialism leads to pride and elitism.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1272.
  80. Paul asks the prideful Christians of Corinth, “For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). Paul tells Timothy, “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant” (1 Timothy 6:17). After all, God is the one who has given us our intellect (Daniel 2:21), our abilities (Romans 12:6), and our capacity to earn money (Deuteronomy 8:18). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1275.
  81. One of the uglier manifestations of pride is elitism, an illusion of superiority over others that’s held by a privileged class. Elitism is at the heart of racism, nationalism, and denominationalism. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1278.
  82. Elitism boosts our egos by making us think we are somehow more worthy than others. Few things are more repugnant to the Lord than the rich despising the poor (Job 12:5). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1287.
  83. Materialism promotes injustice and exploitation. Money is power. Power is not intrinsically evil, of course, but it is intrinsically dangerous. Only God is all-powerful, and only our all-good God can afford to be. Among sinful human beings, an endless string of despots have proven the old adage correct: Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1290.
  84. The Old Testament prophets spoke out so consistently against the oppression of the poor by the rich that they left the distinct impression that a righteous rich man is rare (Isaiah 10:1-3; Jeremiah 5:27-28; 15:13; Hosea 12:8; Amos 5:11, 24; Micah 6:12). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1294.
  85. It takes time to hover over our things, and that time must come from elsewhere—from time we might spend cultivating intimacy with God, from time in his Word and prayer, time with family, time visiting the needy, time with people who need Christ. Every item I add to my possessions is one more thing to think about, talk about, clean, repair, display, rearrange, and replace when it goes bad. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1369.
  86. Even if I could find only good programs to watch, the time I devote to my TV and its accessories means less time for communicating with my family, reading the Word, praying, opening our home, or ministering to the needy. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1375.
  87. Acquiring a possession may also push me into redefining my priorities and make me unavailable for ministry. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1377.
  88. The question is whether I own the property or it owns me. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1388.
  89. Here’s a man with everything he needs, and with resources that most people only dream of, yet he can’t even enjoy his weekend because he is enslaved by his possessions. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1392.
  90. What I’m pointing out is a law of life—the tyranny of things. The central issue is not the things themselves, but the depletion of the resources of time, energy, enthusiasm, and money that might otherwise have been invested in the kingdom of God. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1394.
  91. Will owning this new thing keep me from doing other things that God wants me to do? Do the benefits for God’s kingdom outweigh the liabilities that ownership always brings? Will this commitment of my resources—God’s resources—contribute to or detract from my devotion to and service for my Lord? The answer to these questions may be different for two different believers. But in every case the questions should be asked before the decisions are made. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1397.
  92. Many of us center our lives around possessions, concerns, and activities that demand our constant attention and thereby draw attention away from what God has called us to be and do. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1402.
  93. Everything accumulated is one more thing that can potentially take our attention away from God.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1408.
  94. For what seemingly good, legitimate, and compelling reasons are you saying no to God? Are your possessions and other pressing concerns causing you to miss the banquet? How would you benefit, and how would God’s kingdom be furthered, if you gave away those possessions? - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1418.
  95. “It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven,” and “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:23-24). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1813.
  96. The disciples hadn’t yet grasped the significance of their Lord’s lifestyle. The one whose Father said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17, NKJV) was the same Son of Man who didn’t have a place to lay his head and owned nothing but a robe and sandals (Matthew 8:20). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1817.
  97. If we fit in so well with the world, is it because we are living by the world’s standards, not Christ’s? - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1830.
  98. Prosperity theology sees as our model the ascended heavenly Lord rather than the descended earthly servant. Jesus warned his disciples not to follow a lordship model, but his own servant model (Mark 10:42-45). In this life, we are to share in his cross—in the next life we will share in his crown (2 Timothy 2:12). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1839.
  99. Paul says, “It has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for him” (Philippians 1:29). He depicts Christ as the suffering Servant, whose prosperity came after his life on this earth, not during it (Philippians 2:5-11). Had Jesus laid claim to prosperity in this life, there would have been no crucifixion, no atonement, no gospel, and no hope for any of us. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1854.
  100. Paul faced off with these prosperity preachers, pointing out that they’d jumped the gun on reigning with Christ by living now as kings rather than as servants. Paul’s point is clear: Don’t try to reign prematurely! Dress like a servant. Let God put robes of honor on you when he brings you to his kingdom. Don’t put them on yourself now! - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1879.
  101. Christ was saying that those who would follow him, in leaving behind what was theirs, would become part of the larger family of faith, where relationships are deep and possessions are freely shared. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1947.
  102. After acknowledging his lack of health and wealth, Paul demonstrated the real meaning of Mark 10:29-30 (and the parallel passage in Luke 18:29-30) by describing himself as “having nothing, and yet possessing everything” (2 Corinthians 6:10). Paradoxically, Paul “had it all” while possessing very little. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1953.
  103. Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38). Both Scripture and experience demonstrate God’s frequent material blessing upon those who generously share what he has entrusted to them. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1958.
  104. In the context of financial giving Paul says, “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need [not want], you will abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8). In other words, Paul says that God provides us with abundance precisely so we can use it to do good works. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1972.
  105. Why does God make many of us rich? We don’t have to wonder, because Scripture directly answers the question: “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God” (2 Corinthians 9:11, italics mine). God entrusts riches to us not so we can keep them, but so that we can generously give. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1975.
  106. Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. Then there will be equality. (2 Corinthians 8:13-14).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1980.
  107. Giving away money puts us in a position of financial weakness. We don’t like that—we prefer being in a position of financial strength. But giving away our excess does something for us that keeping or spending it doesn’t. It makes us dependent on God, and keeps us open to the possibility that at some point we may need to depend on others, just as they are currently depending on us.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1985.
  108. God could have distributed goods equally in the first place, but he wants to rely on his people to share freely in his name. He wants us to be the conduit through which he meets the needs of others for whom he cared enough to die.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 1999.
  109. God increases our yield, so that by giving we can prove our yield is not our god.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2008.
  110. Prosperity theology encourages spending on ourselves. But this not only forges the chains of materialism for us, it constitutes a lost opportunity to give to what could count for eternity. Christ said, “Do to others what you would have them do to you” (Matthew 7:12).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2011.
  111. I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess. MARTIN LUTHER  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2113.
  112. He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. JIM ELLIOT - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2116.
  113. Do not store up for yourselves treasures 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.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2119.
  114. No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. (Matthew 6:19-24) - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2124.
  115. What do we value most? What would we most hate to lose? What do our thoughts turn to most frequently when we are free to think of what we will? And finally, what affords us the greatest pleasure? - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2133.
  116. Jesus invites us to choose our treasury. Will we invest our treasures on earth and lose them when we die? Or will we invest our treasures in heaven, where they will be ours for eternity? - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2143.
  117. John Wesley said, “I value all things only by the price they shall gain in eternity.” David Livingstone said, “I place no value on anything I possess, except in relation to the kingdom of God.” God’s kingdom was the reference point for these men. They saw all else in light of that kingdom. They were compelled to live as they did, not because they treasured no things, but because they treasured the right things. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2152.
  118. Jim Elliot’s famous words, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.” We focus on his willingness to sacrifice and serve, but we neglect his passion for personal gain. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2156.
  119. It’s an understatement to say that God doesn’t object to an investment mentality. According to this passage, God has an investment mentality. Christ agrees wholeheartedly with us: wealth is worth seeking. The question is, what constitutes true wealth? - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2160.
  120. The greatest treasure is Christ himself. To Paul, gaining Christ made everything else seem comparatively worthless (Philippians 3:7-11). But part of gaining Christ was looking forward to eternal reward, Christ’s stamp of approval on his faithful service while on earth. This prospect of eternal reward from his Master’s hand was Paul’s consuming motivation throughout his life (1 Corinthians 9:24-27) and his greatest anticipation at his death (2 Timothy 4:6-8).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2175.
  121. Christ offers us the incredible opportunity to trade temporary goods and currency for eternal rewards. By putting our money and possessions in his treasury while we’re still on earth, we assure ourselves of eternal rewards beyond comprehension. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2179.
  122. We can trade temporal possessions we can’t keep to gain eternal possessions we can’t lose. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2181.
  123. What we keep we will lose. What we give and share and do in Christ’s name will ultimately come back to us in heaven, in a far better and permanent form. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2183.
  124. Anything we try to hang onto here will be lost. But anything we put into God’s hands will be ours for eternity. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2184.
  125. If we give instead of keep, if we invest in the eternal instead of the temporal, we store up in heaven treasures that will never stop paying dividends. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2186.
  126. We’re to avoid storing up treasures on earth not as an end in itself, but as part of a life strategy to lay up treasures in heaven. A person may give up all earthly treasures without ever investing in heavenly treasures. Jesus is not looking for ascetics or hermits, but eternity-wise investors. Jesus is not speculating, he’s speaking of sure things. When he warns us not to store up treasures on earth, it’s not just because wealth might be lost. It’s that wealth will definitely be lost. Either it leaves us while we live, or we leave it when we die. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2199.
  127. “Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand” (Ecclesiastes 5:15). You can’t take it with you. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2203.
  128. “You can’t take it with you, but . . . you can send it on ahead." - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2212.
  129. People are always looking for safe places to put their money. Jesus says there’s ultimately only one safe place to put our money: the kingdom of God. By wisely and generously using our earthly resources, which will mean forgoing some earthly treasures, we can lay up treasures in heaven. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2217.
  130. Paul told the rich in this world that through their generosity and good deeds they may “lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age” (1 Timothy 6:18-19). - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2223.
  131. Whatever good thing you do for Him, if done according to the Word, is laid up for you as treasure in chests and coffers, to be brought out to be rewarded before both men and angels, to your eternal comfort. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2228.
  132. Paul spoke about the Philippians’ financial giving and explained, “Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account” (Philippians 4:17). God keeps an account open for us in heaven, and every gift given for his glory is a deposit in that account. Not only God, not only others, but we are the eternal beneficiaries of our giving. Have you been making regular deposits? - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2231.
  133. God expects and commands us to act out of enlightened self-interest. Our generosity is not only for God’s glory, not only for others’ good, but also for our good. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2235.
  134. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses [some translations say money belts] for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2252.
  135. The purpose is not asceticism—no longer having money—but ministry, helping the poor and needy.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2258.
  136. Our giving is the conduit, container, or means that safely delivers the treasures to heaven. We provide assets for ourselves in heaven by giving away our assets on earth.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2260.
  137. Not only is heavenly treasure not subject to thieves and moths, not only will the heavenly money belt not wear out, but there is “a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted.” This refinement is significant because it says not simply that these heavenly treasures are safe and indestructible, as Matthew 6 suggests, but that they are also inexhaustible. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2262.
  138. Not only will there be rewards in heaven for the cup of water given on earth, but those rewards will never disappear. The act of kindness will be remembered forever and its reward will always last. Hence, eternal rewards are not only “rewards we will receive in eternity,” but rewards that are themselves eternal, imperishable, inexhaustible (1 Peter 1:4).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2268.
  139. Moses prayed the oldest psalm, “Establish the work of our hands for us” (Psalm 90:17). The literal translation is “Make permanent the work of our hands.” This is our heart’s desire—that we would do things here and now that would survive this world, that would bear fruit forever in the world to come. That is exactly what Christ promises. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2273.
  140. In Wall Street terms, Christ is bearish when it comes to investing on earth. His financial forecast for this world is ultimately bleak. But he’s unreservedly bullish about investing in heaven, where every market indicator is eternally positive! - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2295.
  141. Christ’s words were direct and profound: “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). What we do with our possessions is a sure indicator of what’s in our hearts. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2298.
  142. What we do with our money doesn’t lie. It is a bold statement to God of what we truly value. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2300.
  143. But what we do with our money doesn’t simply indicate where our heart is. According to Jesus, it determines where our heart goes. This is an amazing and exciting truth. If I want my heart to be in one particular place and not in another, then I need to put my money in that place and not in the other. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2301.
  144. Put your resources, your assets, your money and possessions, your time and talents and energies into the things of God. As surely as the compass needle follows north, your heart will follow your treasure. Money leads; hearts follow. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2312.
  145. We’ll each part with our money. The only question is when. We have no choice but to part with it later. But we do have the choice of whether to part with it now. We can keep earthly treasure for the moment, and we may get some temporary enjoyment from it. But if we give it away, we’ll enjoy eternal treasures that will never be taken from us.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2336.
  146. “View the present in light of the future; see time in light of eternity; look beyond sacrifice to reward; bear the cross while anticipating the crown.”  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2360.
  147. The money God entrusts to us is eternal investment capital. Every day is an opportunity to buy up more shares in his kingdom. You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2375.
  148. Wise people think ahead not just to the retirement years, not merely to the end of their earthly life, but to eternity. We shouldn’t say, “Think thirty years ahead,” but “Think thirty million years ahead.” - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2382.
  149. Financial counselors point out the difference between investing the same yearly amounts in an Individual Retirement Account starting at age twenty-five or age forty. At retirement, the bottom-line difference is huge. This is good insight for the Christian who is storing up for eternity: The sooner you get started, the more you’ll have awaiting you. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2384.
  150. God’s eternal prospectus bears a careful look in light of its guaranteed rate of interest. Jesus promises an ultimate return of a hundred times—a 10,000 percent rate of interest that lasts forever (Matthew 19:29). What earthly investment compares to that? - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2389.
  151. Mammon is a false god. It is antichrist in the true meaning of the word. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2401.
  152. Hence, antichrist is not just “one who is against Christ” but “one who is a substitute for Christ.” When he named it Mammon, Christ personified money to portray its danger. Mammon is a god-substitute, a false messiah. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2402.
  153. Jesus gave us a choice—a life wasted in the pursuit of wealth on earth, or a life invested in the pursuit of wealth in heaven. Every heartbeat brings us one moment closer to eternity. Every day, the person whose treasure is on earth is headed away from his treasure. Every day, the person whose treasure is in heaven is headed toward his treasure. Whoever spends his life heading away from his treasure has reason to despair. Whoever spends his life headed toward his treasure has reason to rejoice. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2412.
  154. Our works are what we have done with our resources—time, energy, talents, money, possessions. The fire of God’s holiness will reveal the quality of these works, the eternal significance of what we’ve done with our God-given assets and opportunities. The fate of the works will be determined by their nature.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2636.
  155. We know Christ will say to some (but not all) believers, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21). Not “Well said,” or “Well believed,” but “Well done.” What separates the sheep from the goats is what they did and didn’t do with their God-entrusted resources of time, money, and possessions.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2681.
  156. My God-given resources, including money and possessions, have immense potential. They are the levers, positioned on the fulcrum of this life, by which I can move the mountains of eternity. - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2690.
  157. This life is our opportunity. Scripture does not teach what most of us seem to assume—that heaven will transform each of us into equal beings with equal possessions and equal responsibilities and equal capacities. It does not say our previous lives will be of no eternal significance. It says exactly the opposite.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2717.
  158. When you leave this world, will you be known as one who accumulated treasures on earth that you couldn’t keep? Or will you be recognized as one who invested treasures in heaven that you couldn’t lose?  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2752.
  159. It’s a fact that the doctrine of differing rewards and differing positions in heaven means we will have different experiences in heaven. These eternal experiences are presently being forged in the crucible of this life. What I do with my money and possessions here and now will significantly affect my eternal experience in heaven.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2835.
  160. The way of the world and the temptation of the devil is for us to try to gain pleasure, possessions, and power in the present world. The way of the Lord is to gain these things in the future—not by clinging to them in the present but by forgoing them in the present. It’s at this point that prosperity theology is so misguided.   - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2991.
  161. Consider the threefold disciplines of fasting, giving, and prayer, which Christ addresses in Matthew 6:1-18. Fasting is denying ourselves the pleasure of eating in order to gain pleasure in God. Giving is denying the possession of riches to gain possessions from God. Prayer is denying our own power in order to gain power from God. Eating, owning, and ruling are not inherently bad—but we temporarily abstain from them, as a matter of spiritual discipline, in order to accomplish a higher kingdom purpose.   - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2994.
  162. One need not forgo power because he hates power. He may forgo it now precisely because he wants it in a better world. Jesus didn’t tell his disciples they shouldn’t want to be great, but that they could become great in the next world by being a servant in this one (Mark 10:42-44). Likewise, one does not forgo possessions here because he hates possessions, but because he wants them in another world. Jesus didn’t tell his disciples they shouldn’t want to be rich. Rather, he told them they could become rich in the next world by giving away riches in this one (Matthew 6:19-21). It’s not a matter of no gratification but delayed gratification. It’s forgoing present, temporal gratification in order to achieve future, eternal gratification.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 2999.
  163. The key to this self-denial is faith, as described and exemplified in Hebrews 11:8-16. Faith is what motivates us to forgo something in this life for the promise that it—or an even higher form—will be ours in the next.   - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 3008.
  164. God created us with certain desires, and he made us to be motivated by rewards that appeal to those desires. He calls us to act on the basis of those promised rewards. As we’ve seen, the Scriptures are full of exhortations to act in certain ways to gain certain rewards. Yet there persists a misguided belief that desire for power, possessions, and pleasure in the next life is crass and to pursue rewards is selfish or mercenary.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 3018.
  165. “Christianity proposes not to extinguish our natural desires. It promises to bring the desires under just control and direct them to their true object.”  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 3027.
  166. We must realize, once and for all, that fulfilling our desires and seeking rewards are not anti-Christian. What is anti-Christian is the self-centeredness that’s unconcerned about God and our neighbor, and the preoccupation with the immediate fulfilling of desires that distracts us from finding our ultimate fulfillment in Christ. The person who gives life, money, and possessions to receive rewards from God—the greatest of which is to hear the resounding “Well done”—is one whose deepest thirsts will be eternally quenched by the Maker and Fulfiller of all desire. It is senseless to devote our lives to the “mud pies” of power, possessions, and pleasures of this world—when our Lord offers to us the power, possessions, and pleasures of the next world, our eternal home.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 3043.
  167. God is the owner of all things, and we are simply his stewards.  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 3080.
  168. Scripture tells us that God delegated to us authority over all his creation (Genesis 1:28). “You made him [man] ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field” (Psalm 8:6-7). God expects us to use all the resources he gives us to best carry out our responsibilities. A steward’s primary goal is to be found faithful by his master as the steward uses the master’s resources to accomplish the tasks delegated to him (1 Corinthians 4:2).  - From the Kindle Book Money, Possessions and Eternity by Randy Alcorn, at location 3096.