A woman in Ohio  went to a yard sale and found a pendant that she just had to have. She paid $5 for the piece of jewelry in the shape and design of LeBron James’ jersey. She (and the person selling the pendant) assumed that it was just a fun costume piece with fake diamonds. What they didn’t know was that it was 14-karat white gold and had over two carats worth of real, glass cutting diamonds. It’s real value is $10,000 according to a gemologist at The International Gemological Institute.

But lets put a different twist to the story. Lets say you are at a yard sale and see a painting that you know is priceless but the price is only $10. As a Christ-follower, what should you do?

  • Do you inform the seller of the true value of the painting and offer to pay a reasonable price?
  • Or do you keep quiet and congratulate yourself on finding this treasure?

“The shopper says, “That’s junk—I’ll take it off your hands,” then goes off boasting of the bargain.”  Proverbs 20:14 (MSG)     If you choose to keep silent and not inform the seller of its real worth, is that not a form of lying? A form of stealing? At least, dishonest? 

We all should be good stewards of the money God has entrusted to us but should it be at another’s expense?


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