by Tammy Phillips
July 11, 2022

“Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (Mat 6:19-21 CSB)

Bros of Decay is a YouTube channel that I happened on.  The “Brothers of Decay,” Lesley  and Jordy are urban explorers that document abandoned historical structures around the world.  I have watched two episodes where they walk the viewer through massive, abandoned castles.  It looks like the owners just walked out the door and left everything…art, guns, silver, dishes, libraires full of books, jewelry, the most beautiful crafted antique furnishings, phot albums and even business documents. 

I was astounded that these young men could quit their full times jobs and make a living from exploring what others had amassed and left behind. I know my husband is tired of me talking about this show, but the documentaries really moved me. I was made to question wealth and “things.”   I wanted to go save all the beautiful things that had been left behind and then I came to the realization. The things really do not matter.  They all just fly away into decay because you cannot take them with you.  It brought Matthew 6:19-21 to life for me.

“Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy…”

I like nice things, but I was challenged with how much is enough? How much it too much?  How many articles of clothing do we need?  How many shoes? Purses? Pieces of jewelry, furniture, or art? I had the impulsive need to purge my life of earthen treasures! And I will soon.

I encourage you to stop!   “Don’t wear yourself out to get rich; because you know better, stop!  As soon as your eyes fly to it, it disappears, for it makes wings for itself and flies like an eagle to the sky.”  (Pro 23:4-5 CSB).  Focus and refocus on what is eternal and not temporal.  The things are just things.  They will fly away with the dust.  We cannot take “things “with us, so we need to make our stores in eternal heaven.  Invest in eternity not the now.

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