What good is $400 million when it’s sitting on the bottom of the ocean? The RMS Titanic cost $7.5 million dollars to build in 1912. That’s more than $400 million in today’s dollars. The money paid for a gymnasium, a heated swimming pool, a squash court, a Turkish bath, two barber shops, two libraries, a 10,488-square-foot dining saloon, four electric elevators, an on-board hospital, a wireless radio station, and a telephone system. It also purchased wooden wall paneling and expensive furniture throughout the ship, along with a seven-story Grand Stairway.

For all of the money that had been spent on the RMS Titanic, the ship sank four days after its first trip. In the panic which followed, none of the passengers stayed back to polish the golden doorknobs on the ship. No one pulled up the wooden wall paneling to protect it or took a big crane and tried to save the Grand Stairway. These things, which symbolized luxury and comfort, were worthless when compared to the real possibility of death and eternity. The comforts many of these people spent their livelihoods to enjoy would soon be resting on the bottom of the ocean.

The only thing that will count in eternity is what we’ve done for Christ. This is treasure we can lay up in Heaven. We don’t have to worry about losing it or seeing it lose its value. This is a reward we can enjoy forever.

If you had to choose between having $400 million on Earth or in Heaven, which would be the best choice? The one you could enjoy the longest (and which is longer: a lifetime or eternity?). Live like you really believe this — see your job as an opportunity to win people to Christ, not just to make a living; look at parenting as an opportunity to raise children who will trust in Christ and influence others to do what’s right; instead of looking for a college which will help you get a high-paying job, find a school which will teach you how to share your faith and be a light for Christ. These are treasures the world can’t give or take away. They are unsinkable.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder