Sunday, August 18, 2019
Daily Devotion: Values
Bible Reading: Matthew 26:6-16
Key Verse: Verse 15 - “And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.”
Key Words: for thirty pieces of silver
Judas valued thirty pieces of silver more than he valued the very Son of God. It’s very obvious that Judas had a warped value system.
In this somewhat crazy world we live in, it’s easy to have misplaced values. For example….
Vince Foster was the deputy presidential counsel to President Clinton. He spoke to the 1993 graduating class of Arkansas University School of Law just six weeks before his controversial death. In his speech he spoke of his love for family and his wife of 25 years. He encouraged the graduates to “balance wisely your professional life and your family life. No one was ever heard to say on a death bed, ‘I wish I had spent more time at the office.’”
Just about everyone has heard of the feud between the Hatfields and the McCoys. There are a couple of things you might not know. Did you know that at one time the two families were friends? Also, did you know how the feud started? In 1878 they had a dispute over the ownership of a hog. That led to a twelve-year war which resulted in the deaths of three Hatfields, seven McCoys, and two outsiders. Disagreement over that one hog stole twelve years and twelve lives. Most family feuds today are equally ridiculous because we have not had our moral compass on what are true values.
In a large city some very creative crooks broke into a department store. They entered the store unnoticed and stayed long enough to accomplish their mission. What was their mission? You may wonder what they stole, but that’s just the catch. They didn’t take anything. They switched the price tags on everything in the store. $395 price tags were swapped with price tags that read $3.95, and so on. When the store opened the next morning you would have expected total chaos. Surprisingly, though, for four hours, the store operated just as it normally did. Some customers literally got some steals while others thought the merchandise was significantly overpriced. Incredibly, four hours slipped by before the hoax was discovered. In the department store of American Culture, Satan has deceptively switched the price tags, and too many people have not yet caught on. Things are valued more than people, pleasure is priced higher than faithfulness, profits mean more than integrity, and God has been priced for clearance. The tags have been switched, and we need to sound the alarm.
What to do:
✞ Evaluate your value system and if God’s not first, it’s warped.
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