The Ingram Collection

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    The Ingram Collection one of the largest collections of very rare and vintage Porsche cars in the world. It is located not in Stuttgart, but in Durham, North Carolina. Many of these cars are one of a kind dating all the way back to the 1950’s. This collection has more than 80 Porsches that are considered extremely rare and important. It has cars such as the 918 spider, to the third oldest 356 in existence. This collection truly has almost everything to do with Porsche.

    This collection is located in an old building that was built in 1928 and was originally a Studebaker dealership. At 10:00 A.M. this last Wednesday there was a gas explosion in the neighboring building which caused the building where the Ingram collection was housed to collapse. It is still unknown the extent of damage the cars have taken. Many are speculating that the loss will be in the millions and many cars that just will be impossible to replace.

    This sad story is a good reminder that material things are temporary. Ingram had spent his life gathering this collection of cars only to see much of it destroyed in a matter of minutes. We as Christians must be careful what we store up as treasures. Matthew 6:19-20 says, “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal.” If our treasures are earthly and material things, then our treasures can be gone in a moments notice. We can protect our treasures with alarm systems. We can store our treasures in safety deposit boxes. We can insure our treasures so that if something happens they will be replaced. Yet the reality is that any earthly treasure can quickly and easily be lost to something as unpredictable as a gas explosion in a neighboring building.

    So let us just pretend that our treasure is earthly, and we go our whole life without a major loss. Then what happens to our treasure? While many have tried, the reality is we can’t take our treasure with us. So we must leave it to someone remaining on this earth. Even then, once we are gone we can’t control what happens to our treasures (Ecclesiastes 5). So the reality is that if our true treasures is anything physical that it will not endure. That treasure will one day come to an end and be ripped from our clutches.

    Jesus continues in Matthew 16:21 and says, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” We must be certain that our treasure is in heaven. We must be certain that the most valuable things to us are the things that will endure through eternity. They must be things that we can take with us when we leave this life, and we must live in such a way that we will have treasures waiting for us in eternity. Also consider this, the most valuable possession we have is our soul. While there are many news articles covering the loss of the Porsche collection, I have not read a single one that mentioned even the names of those that lost their lives in the explosion. Were they faithful Christians? Were they right with God? Or were their souls lost for eternity on that day? Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also!