It was just in our reading yesterday, Jesus said, “For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” (18:25)
Today, we see an example that it may be hard, but not impossible!
Zacchaeus was “a chief tax collector and was rich”! (19:2) Don’t you wonder what Jesus said while he was at the home of Zacchaeus? Whatever was said or done,….Zach had a radical conversion! I thought for a minute, perhaps Zach was ‘all talk’ about making amends with people he had cheated…..but then,….Jesus knew the hearts of all people, right?! We have read example after example of Jesus knowing what people were thinking. So, it is right to assume that Zach did just what he said he would do since Jesus responded, “Today salvation has come to this house…” (19:9)
So, Zach, having fully embraced Jesus, decided to give away half of all he had to the poor. That is WAY MORE than 10%! That’s radical! I thought my footnote said something very interesting. “The example of Zacchaeus, who gave half of his goods, underscores the kind of openhanded generosity that characterizes those whose hearts have been transformed by the gospel.”
I am left wondering….do I have that type of “openhanded generosity”?…….that’s a good question to ask myself once in awhile if I ever notice I am starting to close my hand tighter on the things I have.
Like the kids I mentioned yesterday…if I just keep in mind that all the lemonade supplies are God’s in the first place…it’s easy to give away the lemonade for free!!! 🍋🍋🍋🍋🍋😋