Two delicate flowers of Southern womanhood were conversing on the porch swing of a large white-pillared mansion. The first woman said, "When my first child was born, my husband built this beautiful mansion for me." The second woman commented, "Well, isn't that nice." The first woman continued "When my second child was born, my husband bought me that fine Cadillac automobile you see parked in the drive." Again, the second woman commented, "Well, isn't that nice." The first woman boasted, "Then, when my third child was born, my husband bought me this exquisite diamond bracelet." Yet again, the second woman commented "Well, isn't that nice." The first woman then asked her companion, "What did your husband buy for you when you had your first child?" The second woman replied "My husband sent me to charm school."
"Charm school!" the first woman cried "land sakes, child, what on Earth for?" The second woman responded, "So that instead of saying 'who cares?', I learned to say 'Well, isn't that nice.'
“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. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:19-21
It’s nice to have stuff. If you’ve ever had to struggle and do without some of the necessities of life, it’s so nice to have nice things. And there is nothing inherently evil in most “things.” The evil comes into play with our hearts. When we value our “things” more than we value the things of God or people, we don’t have things, they have us. Jesus didn’t say not to have things here, He did tell us to not “lay them up,” or collect them. He blesses us with things, not to inflate our pride or to provoke envy, but to be used for His glory and purpose. He’s not being mean or restrictive when He tells us not to lay up treasures, but as a loving Father, He’s trying to protect us from investing in temporary treasures and lead us to eternal treasure. How do we find that line between providing for our family and laying up temporary treasure?
In Matthew 6:33, Jesus said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”