God has a great deal to teach us in the Bible about how we should manage our money. Ultimately it is up to individuals to prayerfully determine how we will live as God’s good stewards. One particularly clear paradigm can by found in the short book, The Treasure Principle, by Randy Alcorn.

Treasure Principle

You can’t take it with you—but you can send it ahead

God owns everything. I’m His money manager.

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

My heart always goes where I put God’s money

Watch what happens when you reallocate your money from temporal things to eternal things.

Heaven is my home, not earth

We are citizens of a “better country—a heavenly one” (Hebrews 11:16)

I should live not for the dot, but for the line

From the dot—our present life on earth—extends a line that goes on forever, which is eternity in heaven.

Giving is the only antidote to materialism

Giving is a joyful surrender to a greater Person and a greater agenda. It dethrones me and exalts Him.

God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving

God gives us more money than we need so we can give—generously.

Alcorn’s points apply to all giving opportunities we encounter. Most people first consider tithes and offerings to God made possible through annual income. And for many, this is also where the consideration ends. Yet our estate is also a blessing of God’s provision and we need to be faithful stewards in its distribution. Specifically:

  • Have we identified the next stewards for our estate?
  • Have we trained these stewards?