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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “All that Glitters is Not Gold” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/24/08)
TITLE: Treasure for Mommy and Daddy
By Karen Welborn
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My husband was the minister at a small church in Missouri. I was a stay-at-home mother with two small children. Wayne picked up part-time jobs from time-to-time, but money was very tight. Our daughter, as the older of the two, began to realize that Mommy and Daddy needed more money.
One day Amy, age seven, and Andy, age three, slipped out of the yard. They meandered down the hill toward the railroad tracks and the back-water of the Mississippi river - just a few blocks away. Within just a few minutes I was out the back door frantically calling their names. Up the hill they came, running toward the church in which we lived. Their little faces were beaming.
“Mommy, Mommy, we found gold!” Their hands and pockets were full. They were so proud as they dumped their treasure at my feet.
“Now you and Daddy can have enough money!”
There in the sun lay a pile of rocks encrusted with golden colored nuggets. Although I reassured them that they had indeed found a treasure, it was disheartening to tell them it wasn’t real gold. At face value it appeared they had indeed found a fortune but it was
just pyrite, better know as “fool’s gold”.
Of what value are we in the sight of God? Are we like the pyrite, glittering on the outside, but of little value?
Jesus told the Pharisees that they were “like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean.” Matthew 23:27 (NIV)
Pure gold is worth close to $900 an ounce.
Let us pray with the Psalmist, “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalms 51:10 (NIV)
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