Last year will definitely be going down as one of the most bizarre years I’ve ever had. I suppose every year has its ups and downs but 2013 was truly a year of contrasts for me personally. It was immeasurably wonderful in many ways… Rebecca and I were blessed with the birth of our third child, our son Ezekiel. We had some incredible family moments, including two holidays at the beach, once with friends and once with both Rebecca’s parents and my parents. It was a year where I got to see God at work in people’s lives in amazing and unprecedented ways.
While 2013 was wonderful, it was also a year where, at times, we felt like we were walking through the valley of the shadow of death. I experienced some of my darkest moments ever with severe headaches that went on for weeks at a time. I spent a cumulative total of nearly two disorienting months in hospital feeling like I could die (and, at times, wishing that I would) and then the diagnosis finally came that I was going to have to learn to live with an apparently chronic inflammatory disease.
You might be asking what on earth this has to do with the book Money, Possessions and Eternity? Well, one of the things I carried away with me from last year’s experience was a greater perspective on the brevity of life in the context of eternity. Another thing was a deeper sense of my dependence on God in every facet of my life. As I read Randy Alcorn’s book recently, both of these things stood out to me as threads that call attention to the importance of having a strong biblical perspective on our material wealth and using it to serve and build God’s kingdom. Your stuff means nothing if you’re not going to make it count for eternity.
This is a great book to read if you want to breathe fresh life into your finances and your walk with God. Our tendency is to compartmentalize our lives and we end up separating faith and finances. For whatever reasons we do this, we sometimes need a little help in calibrating our financial thinking with God’s divine plan and not according to our selfish inclinations. God’s intention is that our material wealth would be an integral part of our faith journey in a very practical and tangible way.
One of the things I love about Alcorn is that he isn’t just credible as a studious church and ministry leader. His academic credentials are impressive but his personal testimonies stir faith and courage. May the story of your life be one of worshipping God with your stuff rather than worshipping stuff!
(Written by Marc Le Roux.)
What you do with your resources in this life is your autobiography.
– Randy Alcorn