Despite Jesus’ frequent words about how difficult it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God, for some people today, great wealth is not necessarily the chief barrier to life in Christ. Indeed, Luke sometimes portrays even wealthy people as faithful to God. Tax collector Zaccheaus, after meeting Jesus, gave away only half of his possessions. Jesus responded by saying: “Today salvation has come to this house…. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost” (Luke 19:8–10).
This message is an excerpt from “Making Conversion Last” by Carol Schersten LaHurd, the Bible study in the January/February 2015 issue of Gather magazine. Today is Reformation Sunday and the 24th Sunday after Pentecost. The readings are Isaiah 1:10-18; Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1-4 (semicontinuous); Psalm 32: 1-7; Psalm 119:137-144 (semicontinuous); 2 Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12; Luke 19:1-10.
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