Warren Buffett announced his intent to give away 99% of his wealth. And 144 other millionaires have promised to give away at least 50% of their wealth. These pledges rival the one Zacchaeus made to Jesus. Here is what we read in Luke chapter 19: “Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way. When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. ‘Zacchaeus!’ he said, ‘Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.’” After hosting Jesus at dinner, “Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, ‘I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back 4 times as much!’ Jesus responded, ‘Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.’” Today, Jesus challenges everyone—rich or poor—to repent of their sins, accept Him as their Savior and Lord, and use their resources to honor Him.
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