– The Rich man & Zaccheus
In Reply To
I LOVE those moments when you are reading in your devotional and the verses from the day before comes to together in your mind and you understand it so much more. Yesterday I was reading about "the Rich man" Luke 18: 18-30. Then today it was about "Zaccheus the Tax Collector" Luke 19: 1-10. Both were rich and had personal time with Jesus Christ. However, the Rich man wanted so much to go to Heaven & wanted to know how.
Luke 18:22 " When Jesus heard this, he said to him, "You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasures in Heaven. Then come, follow me." 23-When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth." In Mark 10: 22 "At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth."
Without being asked Zaccheus responds to Jesus this way: Luke 19:8- "But Zaccheus stood up and said to the Lord, 'Look, Lord! Here and now I give half my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount." 9- Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10- For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost."
From Beth Moore Devotional: "Jesus the One and Only"
"Salvation was not impossible for either one of those rich men. The difference was that one saw how much he had to lose. The other saw how much he had to gain. Christ did not ask Zaccheus to sell everything he had and give to the poor. Maybe because once he regarded Christ as life's true Treasure, his wealth didn't mean nearly as much to him----which I believe is probably God's primary point to the rich."
This by far has been the best way to put it! How much you'd lose ? How much you'd gain ?