“Sold for $1.4 million dollars!”
The fabled auction house, Sotheby’s in London, was electrified as the auctioneer slammed the gavel, announcing the sale. It was an artwork by the popular and controversial artist, Banksy. Suddenly, the room erupted into gasps as the painting disappeared from its frame and was obliterated, destroyed by a shredder hidden in the bottom of the picture frame.
At about the same time, Banksy, the artist, posted a photo of the shredding on his social media page with the phrase, “Going, going, gone…” It was an extraordinarily expensive and outrageous prank, concocted and orchestrated by the artist. Art critics and observers, familiar with the artist’s penchant for notorious antics, were flabbergasted. One spokesman for Sotheby’s lamented, “It appears we have been Banksy-ed!” Banksy, himself, later quoted Picasso on his social media site, stating, “The urge to destroy is also a creative urge.”
Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust 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)
The sale price of this coveted work of art was worth more money than many people make in a lifetime and in seconds, it was gone. It was a poignant reminder of how fleeting our possessions and treasures can be and a modern parable that illustrates the wisdom that Jesus Christ expounded to His followers thousands of years ago.
Going, going, gone.
Only by focusing upon the eternal truths of God instead of the ephemeral offerings of this life will our desires be satisfied. No earthly treasure can compare to the unsurpassed riches of knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.