quote: Originally Posted by SeniorCoffee:Bill, I didn't originally include Luke 12:33, and I should have. That would make it pretty obvious a follower should not acquire wealth.
That is not the way I would interpret that passage. Luke 12:33-34, "Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
In the Scripture passage found in Luke 12:22-34 (also in Matthew 6:25-34), this is part of the Sermon on the Mount and Jesus is teaching that man should not be anxious for material things, or wealth -- but, should, as He teaches in verse 31, "But seek for His kingdom , and these things will be added to you."
And, in verses 33-34, He is telling His disciples that we should be seeking treasures in heaven -- not material treasures of this world. For, as He tell us, in verse 34, "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
He wants our hearts and minds to be on seeking eternal life with God; not on becoming the next Bill Gates. However, as long as we have our hearts and minds focused on Him -- He does not preclude us becoming rich. He just admonishes us to not allow the worldly treasures to become our gods.
God bless, have a wonderful, blessed day,