Tuesday, December 2

treasures of gold

It is always a cool thing when God's Word brings forth lessons for our day. And yesterday's devotional time was no exception.

Our Old Testament reading was from First Kings chapter ten as we read of King Solomon's great wealth and splendor. If the depth of his riches seem enormous in today's world, imagine what it was like back then! :::thud::: He yearly received 25 TONS of gold which didn't include all the revenues from merchants and traders and kings and governors of the land. Yup, 25 TONS of gold. And that is just the tip of the iceberg when you factor in all the other things he was generously given such as silver, ivory, precious stones, fine woods, spices, and the list goes on and on. His wisdom was well known and he was revered far and wide. In that day, his riches and prosperity were recognized as being a tangible evidence of God's blessing upon his life.

From there we jumped to our New Testament reading which was in the book of Mark chapter ten and guess who we read about? The rich young man. He had obediently kept all the laws and commandments since being a boy, yet his desire was to know what to do to inherit eternal life. And Jesus lovingly told him what was needed. "Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me."(Mark 10:21) Jesus knew this young man's heart and watched him walk away when his love for money and accomplishments was something he was not willing to give up.

Two different men. Two different heart attitudes.

God's Word is clear that we can't serve both God and money. And during these times of economic hardships, our heart attitudes come through quite clearly. Suddenly we do find where our focus ultimately lies. Do we avidly seek possessions and living in a manner above our means? Or do we avidly seek God and have a heart full of gratitude in all the things that He blesses us with which may have no monetary value? There are no price tags that can be placed on relationships with others. Are you wealthy in the treasures of friendship? Of family?

And the very coolest thing is considering the gift of greatest value EVER....the gift of salvation that Jesus offers to all the world comes with no price tag and is good for eternity. Yup, FREE!

Take some time to consider your treasures of gold. May they be the priceless ones found in God!

Tammy ~@~

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