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"It is Rather Stupid!"

September 19, 2006

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"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth." Matthew 6:19

"Riches have wings" is a saying understood in every age. People in their search for security find that nothing is forever. Money spent for pleasure or for daily needs is soon gone. Men put their money into sound investments, such as stocks, bonds, banks, or real estate, or they fill their safety-deposit boxes with jewelry or cash. However, no investment, no safety-deposit place on earth is safe. The stock market goes down and business firms fail. Obligations of corporations and of governments are annulled by inflation and refinancing. Banks close their doors, and fire and flood wipe away the value of land and buildings.

One man, afraid of a clothing shortage, bought several expensive suits. He placed them in mothproof vaults. Six months later he found that he had gained so much weight he could not wear even one of them! We may lock our investments in banks and make them burglarproof, but time and death -- the cleverest thief of all -- take away the owners. We end our days as we began them -- with nothing!

How much wiser is the Christian who, through the love of Christ, is generous toward the Lord and invests time, talents, and treasures in that which will bring eternal dividends!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, help us to see that our investments for eternity are the only investments we shall keep. Amen.

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Today's Bible Readings: Isaiah 23-25    Ephesians 5:17-23

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