The Way of Walking with Christ - based on a work of Miyamoto Musashi

14) Do not carry antiques handed down from generation to generation. 
Do not allow sentimentality to inhibit your forward pursuit of God. Within this world things will not last forever. 
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust [5] destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21, ESV)
Mankind places too high a priority on personal possessions.  Value is seen in how elegant, or how 'historic' something is.  As a samurai in the service of the Lord of all we must place a perspective of just how temporary the things of this world truly are.

When the focus becomes things, or traditions, above the gospel of Christ and/or the Word of God, we are in danger of making the "main thing" a "lesser" thing.  Once down that path it can become a slippery slope.  Many a cult has taken a kernel of truth, a select sliver of scripture or some artifact (some real, some not), and used it to pull some away from the Gospel of Christ.

While things passed on from generation to generation are good reminders of the where we have come from, we do not live in the past.  We cannot allow the past to distract us from where God is taking us.

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