"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal."—Matthew 6:19

Some things hold ever-increasing value, and some things diminish in value. The way to tell the difference is how they withstand against the test of time. If it "rusts," then it may not hold as much value as you perceive it. If small insects like "moths" enjoy it for a late night snack, then maybe the assigned value is not as much as you originally perceived it. And these "treasures" might even hold some value to the one who wants to "break in and steal" them from you. But in the end, these treasures are only tools. Tools used for discovering real value—like relationship and the commodities that are extended through these relationships—love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness. Can there be anything more valuable that experiencing unconditional love, undeserved grace, mercy when justice is demanded, and forgiveness when we have already inflicted harm?

DO THIS: Invest in a real treasure, and extend it generously.

PRAYER: God, give me eternal riches to extend to others.


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