Right on the Money – Letting Go
As a society, we often miss the mark on money. In this series, we explore three postures in regards to money: holding on, letting go, and living with palms open.
HOLDING ON: Zacchaeus begins the story timid and powerless to see over the crowd, believing all the wrong things as a tax collector, but learns how to live a generous life. When Jesus befriends him, he is overjoyed.
True riches are found not in what we have, but in what we give away.
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
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.” ~ Luke 19:1-10