Once upon a time there was a very wise and loving father who lived in a village with his beloved children. Though the father was wealthier than any other person in town, He and His children lived a very simple life together. Life was so simple for these children, because their greatest delight was simply spending time with their father. Day after day the children talked with their father, learned from their father (they didn't go to a public school, because they were taught by their father who was the smartest man in the village), played with their father, ate with their father and enjoyed the company of one another.
As the children grew older and more mature, this father wanted to give them wonderful gifts from his own vast riches. One by one the father gave his children gifts with which they could play, work, travel and learn. They were each very pleased and thankful for their wonderful gifts. Each day these children would wake up and tell him how thankful they were for their gifts.
After several years of receiving, enjoying and being so thankful for all the gifts, these children began spending more time with the gifts than they did with their loving father. In fact the father was very sad that his children spent more time enjoying their new gifts than they did enjoying him. It seemed to him that the gifts he gave the children out of his love, were now destroying his relationship with them.
Over time the children grew distant to their father. Their gifts consumed them more and more. To make things worse the children, who had always been so close and giving to one another, began fighting over their gifts. When the father approached the children with the desire to have time with them, they always had appointments to show their gifts around, work to do on their gifts or play time with their gifts.
After many years, however, the children's gifts began to break, tear up, get lost, or become uninteresting. As this happened the children responded differently. Some became angry at their father for giving them gifts that would tear up, and they would not speak to him anymore. Still others had completely forgotten who gave them the gifts in the first place, so they wandered about aimlessly looking for more gifts. Another group of the children, who had not spoken to their father much, called him and asked him to send them more gifts. All of these children were very sad and never really regained the joy they once had with their father.
However, there was one group of children who realized what they had done and ran back to their father to have a close relationship with him again. This group of children asked their father to forgive them. You see, they had learned a very important lesson: "When a loving father's good gifts to his children become the reason they do not seek Him, then those gifts can no longer be truly enjoyed."
"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:24,33