Earthly Treasures, Heavenly Treasure

By Steven Koster

July 31, 2019

Our August theme for the Today devotions, written by George Young, is “Earthly Treasures, Heavenly Treasure.”

What’s more valuable to you than anything else?

Some years ago, some friends of mine were moving and had packed all they owned on a big moving truck. Somewhere on the road, the truck caught fire, and all their possessions literally went up in smoke. They were safe, but all their stuff was lost. The contrast between those two outcomes says a lot about what is truly valuable.

Jesus likened salvation to a treasure, something more valuable and precious than anything else we could have. Throughout the month of August, we’ll reflect together on both our eternal treasure and the many blessings we have here on earth. We’ll recognize that “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights” (James 1:17). We’ll remember the importance of giving thanks to God and ponder how God calls us to use his blessings for good and for others—with eyes open to the coming of his kingdom.

We pray that these devotionals will empower us—by God’s grace—to be good stewards of what God has entrusted to us. Let’s strive to live out what one hymn suggests: “May the mind of Christ, my Savior, live in me from day to day, by his love and power controlling all I do and say.”

George Young is a retired missionary to Japan who is now living in the northeastern United States, where he and his wife can be near their children and grandchildren.

As you read the Today devotionals this month, may you be refreshed, refocused, and renewed in God’s Word!

About the author — Steven Koster

Rev. Dr. Steven Koster joined Back to God Ministries International in 2006 and soon launched ReFrame Media with a fresh vision for media and technology to build disciples and communities in Christ. During his time as Director of ReFrame, he also served as the Executive Editor of Today. Steven stepped down from these roles in 2019 as he felt led to focus on new challenges, including doctoral research and their family’s bed and breakfast in Grand Rapids. He and his wife Deb have three adult children and enjoy leading pre-marital counseling and marriage enrichment seminars. Steven continues to collaborate with Deb to produce our marriage and family ministry, Family Fire.

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