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True Wealth

Material things can blind us to the true values in life. In the Franklin County Courthouse in Virginia is preserved the will of the man who owned Booker T. Washington as a slave. Since most of his property was in slaves, the owner had listed them by name with his property and set down a price by each one of them. Opposite the name of Booker T. Washington was marked $200.

Was this the fair estimate of that youngster’s worth? Hardly, for he turned out to be one of America’s greatest men and an educator who inspired his people to knowledge. After he was set free, he educated himself and then started Tuskegee College in Alabama.  He became the best known African American man in America and served as an advisor to presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William H. Taft. But that old plantation owner did not see the essential worth of the slave beyond the possibility of physical labor.

Be careful that life doesn’t blind you to something or someone's true value. One of life’s greatest questions is this, “What is man profited if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?” Make sure you place the greatest value on your soul and that of others. It’s the only thing that never loses value.

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Today's Devotional

Living Consistently

Philosopher Sidney Harris said, “It is easier to be a ‘humanitarian’ than to render your own country its proper dues; it is easier to be a ‘patriot’ than to make your community a better place to live in; it is easier to be a ‘civic leader’ than to treat your own family with love and understanding: for the smaller the focus of attention, the harder the task.”

Christianity is the same way. It is easy to talk about being Christian in broad generalities; it is extremely difficult to practice Christianity in our daily lives. This, however, is precisely the challenge that we all face. The apostle Paul wrote, “Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ” (Philippians 1:27). The word conversation means “behavior, lifestyle, or manner of life.” God expects us to live a life that is consistent with the faith we profess. We are to walk like his children and live according to his will.

One of the greatest hindrances to the spread of Christianity today is the inconsistent lives of Christians. In order for a person to come to Christ, he/she must climb over examples of people who do not practice what they preach.

It is increasingly more difficult to tell what and who people are today. Nobody ought ever to doubt who we are. We are the people of God. We are citizens of a heavenly kingdom. We are the followers of Jesus Christ. Now we need to live lives that are consistent with that fact. 

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