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Daily Devotions from Lutheran Hour Ministries

"Of Great Value"

January 28, 2008

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Know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Matthew 24:43

I don’t know the names of everyone who reads these Daily Devotions, nor do I know your financial situation. Even so, I’m willing to go out on the limb and say, “You probably don’t have any single item in your home worth fifty million dollars.” (If you do, email me and we can talk about you adopting me.)

If you do have something worth fifty million dollars, I’ll bet you have some serious security guarding that item. That would be the sensible thing to do.

Sadly, a museum in Sao Paulo, Brazil, may not agree. Last week, while the four guards were changing shifts, thieves used a hydraulic jack to pry open the museum’s main doors and a crowbar to smash a glass door. In three minutes the crooks stole a Picasso painting worth fifty million dollars and another piece of art worth five and a half million dollars.

The President of the museum said they didn’t have the necessary finances for better security.

Now he may be telling the truth, but it seems if you have two pieces of art worth over fifty-five million dollars you probably can get a loan.

Now if you’re like me, you’re probably shaking your head and asking, “How can anybody have their priorities so messed up as to leave something so valuable unguarded?” I don’t know, but I see it all the time. You do too.

All of us are acquainted with people who don’t give a moment’s thought to the value of their souls –an item worth considerably more than fifty million dollars. They live their lives with the false notion that everything is going to be okay, and nothing bad can ever happen to them.

It is a foolish idea because God has warned humanity there are thieves out there: the devil, the world, and our flesh, who are constantly plotting to steal those souls. Because our enemies are planning to try to steal us from our Savior, Jesus has encouraged us to be ready, to watch. Watch for their temptations. Watch those times when they will try to take you away from Him.

It’s good advice; it’s sensible advice. It’s advice I would follow if I had something worth fifty million dollars. It’s advice I should follow because I have a valuable soul, which the Savior has bought at the cost of His life.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord Jesus, You have in Your life, death, and resurrection, redeemed my soul. Even so, there are thieves out there trying to steal my soul away from You. May I be always watchful and ready to resist them. In Your Name. Amen.

In Christ I remain His servant and yours,

Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Genesis 27-28    Matthew 18:21-35

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