devotional post # 2033
Luk 19:7 But when the people saw it, they all complained, “He has gone in to stay with a man who is a sinner.”
Luk 19:8 So Zacchaeus stopped and said to the Lord, “Notice, Lord, half of my possessions I am now giving to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone of anything, I am going to be paying them back four times as much!”
Luk 19:9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this household, because he too is a son of Abraham!
Luk 19:10 Because the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost household.”
reaching those up a tree
Jesus had already told the Pharisees and experts in the law that his purpose was to call sinners to repentance, and to do that he would eat and drink with them (Luke 5:30-32). Now, the visual demonstration. Zacchaeus stood out as a prominent example of the kind of person not-to-be. When Jesus decided to associate with him, he made a strategic choice that the religious elite could not accept.
We are not always called on to make that kind of choice, but when we are, we must be willing to suffer the ridicule of the ignorant to reach those who are up a tree, ready to repent.
LORD, send us to those who are ready to turn to you.