Have you seen “Hoarders?”? Only in America.? A show about people buried under mountains of possessions.

I guess one man’s misery is another man’s entertainment. It’s a sad program. What begins as a collection of say, Pez dispensers, becomes a life-sucking bondage to mountains of knickknacks and knitting needles. One good thing about watching the show is that it makes me want to get rid of stuff. Even good stuff. Like our furniture. Or my David Bowie tee shirt. Or our dogs. No, wait. I always want to get rid of our dogs.

The real problem with hoarding isn’t that we amass stuff; it’s where we amass it – here. Jesus actually commanded us to hoard – but in heaven.

MT 6.19 ?Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.

Jesus says to send our treasures ahead – as many and often as we can.? They’ll be waiting – all brand new and shiny. In heaven there are no moths, rust, or tarnishing.

So start hoarding to your heart’s content. Give to the poor. Share the gospel.? Help the weak. Your heavenly mansion has lots of room.

photo by elgin.jessica

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.