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Two Rich Men

At this the man’s face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions. 
    - Mark 10:22

Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.     - Luke 19:6
Two men. Both wealthy. Both wanting to see this Jesus. But that's where the similarities seem to end. 
A rich young ruler. Likely, well liked. Accepted. Admired and looked up to. Who wouldn't want to be young, rich, and in charge? And this young man seemed to know it. Confident, bold, a man with a purpose. He had no problem walking right up to Jesus and asking what he needed to know.
What must I do? What must I do? 
Zacchaeus. Likely world-wise. Certainly hated. Some called him, "notorious sinner." Few would have given him a kind look, never mind even considering dining with him. Short, rejected, an outsider. And he knew it well. Staying on the outside of the crowd, he didn't push himself through the crowd to meet this Jesus. He hung out in a tree; at a safe …
Never give up
One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. - Luke 18:1
Jesus never wasted his words. When he spoke, it was for a purpose. The lessons he gave, he gave to us because he knew that one day, like that money put aside for a rainy day, we would need them.
Let his words settle in your heart right now. "Never give up." Tuck that coin safely away into the pockets of your heart. Save that thought into the memory banks of your mind for future withdrawal on the day you need it. Keep praying. Never give up.
You see, God has a plan for you. Always has, still does. But calling it quits, throwing in the towel, giving up, will guarantee the thievery of your future. Without a doubt.  
"But I don't have the strength," you say. "Do you have any idea how long I've been battling this?" I understand. Let me bring you back to a time when hope was a vapor in my life and discouragement a close friend. Call it a…
Perfectly Sure
God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. - Hebrews 6:17

Have you ever purchased a product or service that doesn't quite deliver; that comes up short? When the advertisement or salesman promises one thing, but the product delivers quite another, we find ourselves veering down the road of failed expectations and disappointment. It's happened to most of us. 

What about broken promises; oaths made by someone you would expect to be true to their word? A parent who is too tired or distracted to deliver on the promise of a game of catch. A pastor who simply ran out of time. A spouse who decided they no longer love or need you. It happens every day, everywhere. Broken promises are hard to stomach.

What if I was to tell you that there is someone who never breaks oath, who never fails to deliver on His word and whose promise you can trust? Would you find that hard to believe? I wou…