Historians tell us that the “Gilded Age” was an era in American history extending roughly from 1870 to 1900. It was a time of rapid economic growth and technological innovation, and produced a number of multi-millionaires (e.g. John Rockefeller.) We are probably experiencing another “gilded age” era; we are seeing the creation of another set of fabulously wealthy business tycoons (e.g. Bill Gates, Elon Musk).
Luke, one of Jesus’ biographers, tells us a story about someone Jesus met that was very rich (by 1st Century standards). Zacchaeus had accumulated great wealth. But his wealth did not, in the end, make him happy. Zacchaeus apparently had a beautiful home, but he was ostracized, lonely and miserable.
He needed Jesus to heal him. And Jesus did, resulting in a transformation in Zacchaeus’ behavior and attitude.
I wonder if some of our modern-day billionaires are in the same position?
This Sunday at Trinity Downtown, we’ll be discussing the lessons Zacchaeus’s story can teach all of us, regardless of our specific financial status. Come home to Trinity this Sunday; come learn how placing your doubts, suffering, distractions, hopes, fears, uncertainties in the hands of the Lord can lessen our stress load and bring deep transformation in our hearts. Celebrate with us the depth of Jesus’ love for us and find out how you can live a life of significance, filled with meaning. Discover how following Jesus can help you and your family navigate around the minefields of life. I promise you it will make a tremendous difference in your life.