“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal." Matthew 6:19 NIV
If Jesus were to have phrased this verse as a question, it would be "What do we value?" Is it financial security? Any funds in institutions are at the whim of the economy. Is it our careers? Companies crumble and fold. Our possessions? They can be lost, stolen, and lose their appeal. Anything in this world is temporary, yet they consume much of our attention.
The one thing that matters most is our relationship with God. Yet, it doesn't even get placed in the list of those things we value for many. When we accept Jesus, we adopt a new value system. Those things we formerly held in such esteem lose their importance. While those other things are temporary, our relationship with God is eternal.
This message comes as no surprise to you who are reading this devotion. We have committed to Jesus and understand the importance of our souls. But what of the others? I'm not talking about missionaries going to other countries, though that is needed, but our only friends, family, and neighbors. Have we asked them the question, "What do you value?" Have we shared the message of freedom and deliverance offered through Jesus Christ?
Lord, we thank you for our most prized possession, our relationship with you. We confess that we sometimes become distracted by things, but their value pales in comparison to the lasting joy of fellowship with you. Embolden us to share the good news of salvation with others. May they come to adopt a new value system in Jesus Christ. Amen.