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Once upon a time, there was a family who had been entrusted with the most priceless Treasure on earth. The family prized it, cherished it, and spoke freely of it to everyone around. The family celebrated their inheritance by placing it in a large box wrapped in shiny paper and closed shut with bows and ribbons. 

As the years passed, the Treasure was seen less and less. The family’s fascination shifted from the Treasure itself to the decorations that adorned it.

One day, the family invited all their friends and neighbors to come over and see the Treasure. They showed the neighbors the bows and ribbons and wrapping paper. They opened the box to find nothing inside. But it had been so long since anyone had seen the Treasure, that no one was too concerned. The Treasure was missing, but all the wrapping was still there.

So the family celebrated the wrapping and the bows and ribbons, saying that this was the inheritance, while the neighbors went away sad, saying, “We hoped to see the Treasure.”

written by Trevin Wax. © 2007 Kingdom People Blog

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​Trevin Wax is Bible and Reference Publisher at LifeWay Christian Resources and managing editor of The Gospel Project. You can follow him on Twitter or receive blog posts via email. Click here for Trevin’s full bio.

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