The Way of Walking with Christ - based on a work of Miyamoto Musashi

5) Do not ever think in acquisitive terms.
"All are from the dust, and to dust all return." (Ecclesiastes 3:20, ESV) ~ We are born into this world with nothing, and when we leave this world everything we have accumulated is left behind. The Parable of the Rich Fool speaks directly to this in my opinion:
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God. (Luke 12:15-21, ESV)
At this point i am reminded of the rich young ruler who came to Jesus and asked, "Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?".  Jesus' reply; "If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”  The young man went away knowing that he could not do it.  His possessions had taken ownership of him.

Do not seek acquiring things as the goal, but as a means to achieve what God has laid before you.

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