If King Midas lived today, how much might he be worth? With gold selling at approximately $1,700 per troy ounce, I believe he would be a very wealthy man. Gold is a unique metal because of its symbolism, monetary and investment value, durability, and its use in fields as diverse as medicine, electronics, and food and drinks (think ultra-expensive). If spun into thread, an ounce of gold may stretch over 50 miles, or it can be beaten into a 300-square-foot sheet.

For all the uses of gold, perhaps it is most renowned for its symbolism. When you think of King Midas, what is the first thing which comes to mind? Gold. You remember the story: he wanted everything he touched to turn into gold. We get the term, “the Midas touch” from this story. Gold has always portrayed wealth and affluence. This is why it is usually in the jurisdiction of a king. When the Magi presented their gifts to Jesus, gold was among them, and rightfully so. This gift fit the value of its Recipient; for Jesus, the King of Kings, would offer a priceless gift to the world through His sacrificial death on the cross. Those who believe in Him are not guaranteed riches on earth, but they are promised eternal life in a golden city with streets of gold (Revelation 21:18, 21).

You might not be able to compete with King Midas’ gold reserves in this lifetime, but he is not the gold standard. You can have infinitely more riches in Heaven. When you put your trust in Jesus Christ, believing that His death and shed blood paid for your sins, He can make everything you do turn to gold. He can make you a blessing to others; He can bless your family; He can give you safety as you travel; He can give you peace of mind; He can give you unspeakable joy; He can give you opportunities to share your faith and lay up incorruptible treasures in Heaven; He can also give you the ultimate treasure: the commendation, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” This is the gold standard I am striving for.

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Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.