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In recent days, the news has afforded us the opportunity to see and hear the anguish of those who have been the victims of flooding on the east coast.

One lady with tears in her eyes said, "It is difficult to see all that you have worked for in your lifetime swept away so suddenly."

Those of us who only read or hear of such losses and have never experienced such a tragedy cannot even begin to imagine what it would be like.

When we really think about it, we come to the conclusion that wealth actually exists in many forms and on several different levels.

For example, a common sea shell would hold very little value for most of us, yet in some places in the world it is actually used in the place of money.

In those places, a sea shell is of real value because it has purchasing power.

Another form of wealth has to do with those things to which an artificial value has been attached such as antiques, autographs and first editions.

These often sell for fabulous prices far beyond their true value.

It is true, although we do not often think about it, that such things as life, health, sight and hearing are a very real part of those things that make a person to be "wealthy."

They are a form of wealth although not as tangible as material possessions.

In dealing with the subject of wealth, Christ taught "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Christ was dealing with the tendency of the human heart to become unduly attached to material things.

Many a man has his treasure parked in his garage.

Many women have their treasure in their jewel box.

Our treasure is what we value most, what we would hate most to lose, what we think about most frequently and what affords us the greatest pleasure.

Christ taught that earthly treasures can be quickly lost by disintegration or by theft.

As we have seen in recent days, material possessions can quickly be swept away by overpowering winds and floods.

That being true, what are we to do?

Christ taught that we are to lay up treasures in heaven.

The Apostle Peter spoke of an inheritance, or we might say, a treasure in heaven.

It is obtained only by being brought into a saving relationship with God.

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you." I Peter 1: 3,4.

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