By JASON REYNOLDS
You may have material success, but you may be looking for true happiness without any luck. “Material success won’t make you happy or fill the void in your heart. The only answer for spiritual bankruptcy is Jesus,” a new book declares.
In “Sandcastle Kings: Meeting Jesus in a Spiritually Bankrupt World,” readers can take a step-by-step approach through the book of Luke, Chapter 7. Nelson Books of Nashville is the publisher.
The author, Rich Wilkerson Jr., uses four stories to tell why we cannot find spiritual fulfillment in ourselves, in other people, in materialism or even in “religion.” Those messages are: the centurion’s faith, the resurrection of the widow’s son, Jesus’ message about John the Baptist and the anointing by the woman with the alabaster jar.
Wilkerson is executive pastor of Trinity Church in Miami. He also hosts The Rendevous, a weekly gathering of 1,000 young adults. He hosts “Top 3,” a round table talk show on Christian TV station JCTV.
Wilkerson writes, “This book is about several people in the Bible whose houses, in whole or in part, were built on sand. The rain came, the river rose, the wind blew, and their houses crashed down around them. … In the midst of their bankruptcies, at just the right time, they crossed paths with Jesus. … Jesus rushed into the collapsing castle, rescued the person, and put him or her on solid ground.” He goes on to compare Luke, Chapter 7 to Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which can be used to discharge most of a person’s debts.
“God has forgiven the substantial debts in my life,” Wilkerson writes. “I want you to experience the same freedom and peace that comes when Jesus dismisses your debts and gives you a fresh start. … Jesus wants you to stop building sandcastles and pretending that you are the king. He is the king, and he wants to help you build your life on the only foundation strong enough to withstand the storms of this life: himself.
“Jesus has made himself available to you. You might not feel worthy to come to him, but he is trying to get to you. He loves you and came to this earth to save you, to give you a future and a hope. Jesus went to the centurion because he loved him. It wasn’t about the centurion. It was about Jesus. It’s all about Jesus.”