Is the treasure you’re living for worth dying for? I hope it is. A ship struck a reef and ran aground, putting the lives of the crewmen in peril. As water poured onto the wooden deck, the captain ordered all the life boats lowered and loaded. The captain and his first officer stayed onboard to make sure everyone was off the ship.

When everyone was accounted for, they prepared to enter a life boat. Suddenly, the first officer remembered a precious bag he had locked up in his cabin. “Wait! I’ve got to go get my bag.”

The captain shouted, “No! There is absolutely nothing in that bag worth losing your life for. The ship is going down. We only have minutes—maybe seconds—to get out of here.”

“No, I’m going to go!” With that, the young man ran back into the heart of the sinking ship.

The captain realized his first officer would be lost, and entered his life boat alone. A few moments later, the ship had sunken beneath the cold, ocean waves.

Later the first officer’s body was found. In his hands, he clutched a small bag containing 18 cents. The man had sacrificed his life for petty cash.

Sometimes we abandon what’s important in pursuit of things with little value. But we cannot undo our choices. You can’t get your sexual purity back once you’ve lost it. Neither can you get a refund on misspent years as a youth. But God can and will give you opportunities to continue living for Him. Christian, I challenge you today to honestly consider how much you’re worth. You’ll pay the price. The quality of your pursuits will determine if the price is right.

Our lives are a manifestation of what we think about God. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.