Between the time you negotiate prices with a car salesman and the time you park the new vehicle in your garage, a sequence of events unfolds.

1. You select the color and options you want for the new vehicle.
2. The salesman explains the features and specifications of the vehicle.
3. You agree to a down payment and determine monthly payments.
4. Extended warranties are explained and offered for purchase.
5. The new vehicle is washed and you’re handed the keys by the smiling salesman.
6. You drive the vehicle home.
7. $7,000 is instantly deducted from its overall value.

You read that right. $7,000, which cannot be applied to the outstanding principal of the vehicle, vanishes into thin air the moment you drive your new car off the dealer’s lot. While automobiles cut travel times and allow us to travel in comfort, they are not a very smart investment choice.

Depreciation affects cars, real estate, and even truth. Truth, the standard upon which we determine right and wrong, has lost its value in today’s culture. And God holds Christians responsible for its diminishing value.

Here are four ways we contribute to the depreciation of truth:

• We neglect a daily time in God’s Word.
• We neglect church attendance.
• We refuse to follow the Lord.
• We abandon truth and embrace error.

By refusing to hear God’s Word, we lower its subjective value. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, but it cannot be profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness if men and women of God make no effort to study and apply it to their lives.

God wants us to share His truth, not suppress it. It is my prayer you will heed His Word and allow its value to appreciate in your life.

Those who would find truth must: 1. Desire it. 2. Pray for it. 3. Study it. 4. Practice it. — Unknown Author

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.