Do not be overawed when others grow rich, when the splendor of their houses increases; for they will take nothing with them when they die, their splendor will not descend with them.
Many people think they are rich. They consider themselves wealthy because they have money to spare and possessions that others envy. They are considered rich in the eyes of the world. But if they have no relationship with Jesus Christ, they are poor. Money and possessions will have no baring on where a person will spend eternity. A person's money and possessions will not follow them into eternity. 1 Timothy 6:7 - For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
Zacchaeus was a man who had great wealth - "he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy" - Luke 19:2. He was a chief tax collector who worked for the Roman government and gained his wealth by gouging the Jews. He was a Jew by birth and chose to work for Rome and thus he was considered a traitor. But on this day this traitor, this rich man despised by many, heard that Jesus was passing through Jericho. Scripture tells us Zacchaeus wanted to see who Jesus was but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So what did he do? He climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see Jesus. What are we willing to do to get a better glimpse of Jesus?
Zacchaeus considered himself wealthy and by the worlds standards, he was wealthy. By Almighty God's standards he was poor - a lost soul without a personal relationship with Jesus headed to an eternal hell. On this day Zacchaeus truly became rich. Jesus called out to Him. Luke 19:5 - When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately, I must stay at your house today." Jesus is calling out to many today seeking to save their souls. God desires all to be saved. He sent His Son to save sinners. 1 Timothy 2:3-4 - This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
No one is outside of God's grace and mercy and beyond the reach of His offer of salvation. Zacchaeus was wealthy and was considered a cheater, but Jesus loved Him. Jesus called out to Him, and on this day the life of Zacchaeus forever changed. He accepted the precious gift of salvation that Jesus offered. Luke 19:9-10 - Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."
In our world, certain groups of people are considered beneath others - untouchable. The cause of this could be their political views, their immoral behavior, or their lifestyle. Then there are others we may consider above us because of their financial wealth or their status in life. We must remember that Jesus loves them, all people, and desires us to carry the Gospel Message to their lost souls. Regardless of a person's background or their previous way of life, Jesus loves them and desires to save their soul. We must take our God given responsibility seriously and take the Good News - the Gospel Message to the world.
On this day Zacchaeus truly became rich.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for the free gift of salvation. I pray that no matter the earthly status of others, we as Christians willingly share with them the Gospel Message. Help the lost world to see that they need a Savior and that You Jesus are standing their with open arms. In Jesus Name I pray.....Amen