Things and Stuff
Earlier this year, I had an “Aha” moment during a small group bible study. We were discussing storing up treasures on earth (Matthew 6:19-21) when one of the ladies told of a young man who had amassed a great fortune and had acquired a great many things. She said that he had recently lost a cousin to suicide and was questioning the importance of “things” in light of the loss of life which was so much more valuable.
As she and the other ladies spoke, I was struck by the number of times they referred to things as “stuff,” — things which were once priceless and much sought after. (“He wants to get rid of his ‘stuff’.” “This ‘stuff’ isn’t important.” “My husband is getting on me to have a yard sale. We gotta sell some ‘stuff’ in order to make room.”) You know, at one point that “stuff” was important enough to have names. Stuff that we buy, stuff that is given to us, stuff that we want…stuff once so important, so seemingly necessary to ensure happiness, now not so much! True enough, most of my stuff which has been demoted and relocated to the garage was once in the category of “I have to have it — I need to have it.” Matthew 6:33 encourages us to seek Him first and His way and all the things we NEED will be added. Note: need versus want!!
So, here’s what I’ve concluded…What we need is promised; what we want is just “stuff!!”
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matthew 6:33 NLT
“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 NKJV