In Luke chapter nineteen the Bible talks about a story of a rich man by the name of Zacchaeus. This man was rich, but not saved. Now, the question is, can a rich man have everything the world can offer and not be saved? Yes, as a matter of fact, a lot of rich people today are not saved. However, the good news is that Jesus loves people whether rich or poor.
Now, in that story Zacchaeus decided to meet Jesus for what he lacked. Despite all the hindrances he faced, he did everything he could to see Jesus. When you read that story you will notice that this man could only do what was possible to do to meet Jesus. The rest was beyond his control, but God made what he needed possible.
The first thing Zacchaeus did was to run ahead of the crowd. The crowd was an obstacle at that moment, but he found a way around it. He did everything he could in his ability just like we all have to do what we can to meet the same Jesus. We all have to seek the Lord while he can be found and we will find him if we seek him with all our hearts.
In Luke 19: 3-4 the Bible says, “And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the crowd, because he was little of stature. And he ran on before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way” (ASV). Zacchaeus sought to find Jesus Christ and God came through for him. He had heard about Jesus, but now it was his time to find what he desperately needed. What about you? Have you met ever met Jesus Christ?
Material things can not do what Jesus can do for us. We are all sinners in need of a savior. In Romans 3: 9-10 Paul says, “What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we before laid to the charge both of Jews and Greeks, that they are all under sin; as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one” (ASV). Whether rich or poor, we all need Jesus to save us from sin. We can not find salvation in or through material things.