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Washed Away

Daily Devotional for July 26, 2016

Read: Matthew 6:19-21

Bible version changes do not affect the Key audio or "Today's Key Verse," below.

Elise molded a huge sand castle on the beach, trying to make it like the ones she saw on TV. She made soaring towers and dug a deep moat all around it. Then she noticed that the ocean's waves were coming closer and closer. "Help, Dad!" she exclaimed. "The water's going to wash away my castle!"

Dad shook his head. "It's no use," he said. "The tide is coming in, and the waves will come a lot higher before they go back down."

Elise didn't want to believe that. She dug a wide trench all around her castle and built a sand barrier to protect it. But water soon crashed over the barrier and filled the trench. The waves splashed against the castle, pulling it apart with watery fingers. "It took me a long time to build that," moaned Elise, "and now it's gone!"

"Well, just be glad it's only sand," said her sister, Danielle. "Sometimes people lose real houses in fires and storms, don't they, Dad?"

Dad nodded. "Actually, all earthly possessions are a little like that sand castle," he said. "Lots of people work their whole lives to get more and more things--things that won't last. It's too bad so many people are more concerned about their present life than their future one. They forget that there's something much more important than earthly things."

"Like living for Jesus?" asked Elise. "Grandma has a plaque on her wall that says, Only one life, 'twill soon be past. Only what's done for Christ will last.'"

Dad nodded. "That's right. No one can keep earthly things forever. Instead of worrying so much about earthly treasures, we should store up treasure in heaven."

"How do we do that?" asked Danielle.

"Well," said Dad, "the most important thing is to trust Jesus as our Savior--He's the only one who can give us salvation and eternal life. Then, as we learn to live as children of God, we'll start to care more about what He wants than what we or other people want. The things we do to serve Him--and the things we give up to do it--will build us treasure in heaven." Daryl B. Knauer

Where are you building up your treasure—on earth or in heaven? It’s easy to chase after all the things this world can offer you, but they don’t last—you can’t take them with you when you die. But Jesus offers us eternal life in heaven, where treasure lasts forever! Build true treasure by trusting and serving Him. (See the ABCs of Salvation in the column to the right.)

TODAY'S KEY VERSE: Matthew 6:20 (KJV)
Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.
*Verse displayed is NKJV

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