My favorite thing to do when I go to the beach is to search for seashells. For some reason, it delights me to pick up the carcasses of dead sea creatures. They are like little jewels that are masterfully designed. Once in a while, I will pick up one that has a rotting corpse hidden within its swirly little shell, and I won’t know it until it sits for a couple of hours waiting in my sink for me to rinse them off. It’s not easy getting the rot out of shells, and most of the time I end up throwing the bad one away. I have so many shells, after years of collecting them, that I give most of them away, but keep the most precious for myself. You could say that these seashells are unrighteous wealth, treasures lying on the beach, which is on someone else’s property. The rotten one is the price I pay for my ill gotten gains, but giving them away makes it better. When you give to the needy, is like storing up treasures in heaven. Though our earthly wealth could be called “unrighteous wealth,” giving back, helps turn the unrighteous, to righteous. Our best bet is to collect and store our treasures in Heaven where it will not rot or rust.
If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? Luke 16:11-12