Donate
Now
Keys for Kids
Radio
Register and upgrade to Premium for archives, search and more!
You are not currently logged in.Register|Login

Washed Away

Daily Devotional for July 26, 2016

Read: Matthew 6:19-21

  using  
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

HOW ABOUT YOU?
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


Having issues with our audio player? Download today's devotional
Thank you for reading this Keys for Kids devotional! Did you enjoy the story? Has Keys for Kids been an encouragement to you and your family? If so, would you please consider supporting Keys For Kids Ministries in our effort to continue to provide these daily devotionals to children around the world?

We can't do it without you!
What is Keys for Kids?
With Keys for Kids devotions, you'll learn more about God's love every day! Read or listen to a fun story and hide God's Word in your heart with the Key Verse of the day.
Uncle Charlie
Get Keys for Kids
  
  
  

Writer's GuidelinesSubmit a Story

Having an issue with Keys for Kids online?
Report it here

!Alert!

Generous friends are giving Keys for Kids Ministries $20,000 to help us update our mobile app which is out of date. The catch? We need you and your friends to help us match it.  Every gift, in essence, is doubled. Would you consider giving a one-time gift of $100, $200, $500 or even $1,000 to help us reach kids more effectively through new technology? Thanks!
Contact
Keys for Kids Ministries
PO BOX 1001
Grand Rapids, MI 49501
(616) 647-4500
Toll-Free Order Line: (888) 224-2324
Email us
Stay In Touch
Let us keep you updated on what's new at Keys for Kids Ministries. Also receive exclusive coupons! Sign Up Now!