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"Giving is the only antidote to materialism"
Randy Alcorn, The Treasure Principle

Fighting materialism takes more than staying out of debt. The world offers us all kinds of treasure if we will simply give up heavenly treasure. As disciples, we hunted for treasure and we found God! Now we store up treasure in heaven through giving this treasure to every soul in every way… "Abundance isn't God's provision for me to live in luxury. It is God's provision for me to help others" - Randy Alcorn

2 Corinthians 9:11
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous onevery occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

  Day 24 : Treasure Found!  

Matthew 13:44
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.

- How do you know that this treasure seeker understood what he was looking for and what he found?

- Describe the true treasure you have found in God's kingdom.

- Consider how these verses link treasure giving our possessions!

Luke 3 John the Baptist : Share clothes/ food, don't cheat, be content with pay!

Matthew 19:21
Jesus answered, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."

Rich Ruler : Sell your possessions and give to the poor… find treasure

Luke 19:1-10
1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.
2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy.
3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd.
4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today."
6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, "He has gone to be the guest of a 'sinner.'"
8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount."
9 Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."

Zacchaeus : After he gives ˝ his possessions, Jesus says "salvation has come"

Acts 2/4 First Converts : Sold possessions to give to the needy… found the kingdom treasure

Acts 19:19
A number who had practiced sorcery brought their scrolls together and burned them publicly. When they calculated the value of the scrolls, the total came to fifty thousand drachmas.

Ephesians : Burned 65 Lakhsworth magic scrolls… found greater treasure

Why do you think that God so closely links giving and sacrifice with receiving treasure?