“That’s Why We Can’t Have Nice Things…..”

Really?

Why is it that we can’t have nice things?

I was browsing through the Costco add, looking at all the beautiful outdoor seating arrangements,

after I had gotten up to find, that my dog-

had broken out of her space last night and went to the bathroom all over my carpet.

I settled into the notion that because of her, we could never have these nice things.

Why would I bother to get something so nice if I know she will just mess it up?

Sound familiar?

What have you settled, and I do mean settled, that you can’t have because of this or that?

As I pondered these things

The Holy Spirit, began telling me….

“To hold the phone…”

“You can’t have nice things because of your dog?”

“The Truth says-

that you can have all things because of Jesus.”

Paul prayed about all of this in Ephesians 3 after He mentioned this-

“Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ;”

‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:8‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Paul was urging us to snap out of our limited mindsets.

We all feel at times, as though our circumstances make us the least qualified to receive.

However, Paul explains that it’s Christ’s riches that make our inheritance limitless.

It’s not our dog, our education, our witty ideas, or our status in life that qualifies us to have nice things.

It’s Only Jesus.

He became the least

to make us the most qualified.

We’ve got to change our minds on the receiving end.

Taking the limits off.

What would happen if we really believed we were heirs to everything?!

That we indeed have it all.

That’s the understanding Jesus had.

That’s why He was so generous.

Let’s play this out in what this means with my dog.

Because of Christ:

I have wisdom. God’s Word says, get wisdom, first. And as we discussed previously, we have access to Wisdom. This means I can know how to manage my dog and my house most efficiently.

I have the resources. God supply’s all my needs and, gives me the desires of my heart as I delight myself in Him. I don’t have to choose between the dog and the nice thing!

That’s called settling.

I have the patience– It takes to train her to not make messes. (Probably the hardest for me.)

However, we’re admonished through the Word that, through faith and patience, the promises are received.

That’s not easy in our microwave and drive thru society.

Some things take more time.

But it’s worth it.

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:4

What did that say?

We will want for nothing!

The Truth is- We can have nice things.

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