People always make it seem as though Jesus thought you HAD to be poor to follow and serve Him; this is not the case. Time and time again, the word warns against idolizing money and loving money so much that you served it and trusted it more than God.
When the young rich man turned away sad, Jesus didn’t say to the disciples that the rich wouldn’t be able to get into heaven—he said, “Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God!”
Mark 10:24 KJV
See that? Trust in riches.
He said something similar in Matthew 6:24: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
Matthew 6:24 KJV
Mammon is the god or idol of money.
He made the point for real in Luke 16 when he told the story of the unjust steward. He ended the story by saying, “Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home. “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities. And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own? “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.” Luke 16:9-13 NLT
If you find yourself enslaved to money—be it money, get rich quick schemes, being stingy, hard hearted, and selfish, killing your self over a paycheck to amass things—then you trust worldly riches and not the ONE who created all things and to whom all creation belongs.
Houston, we have a problem.