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This weekend, we will hear the story of Zacchaeus, the wealthy tax collector who just wanted to see Jesus. His issue was his short stature as Jesus was already drawing crowds that rendered sight lines for the vertically impaired less than ideal. If Zacchaeus was going to see Jesus, climbing a tree was the only option.
This was my favorite Bible story as a young boy because I loved to climb trees. When I read this I heard, "If you climb a tree, Jesus will come over for dinner!"
Today, the story is one of my favorites for a different reason altogether.
As a wealthy tax collector, he was almost certainly a corrupt man who had all his material wants met, yet he recognized a need for something more. He tossed aside his pride and shimmied up the nearest sycamore. He was determined to see Christ no matter where it took him....and he was rewarded.
"Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house."
...and all was well. Except, it wasn't.
When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, "He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner."
Did you catch that? Zacchaeus did whatever it took to draw near to Christ and people immediately began giving unsolicited opinions on his worthiness. Did Zacchaeus back down? Did he tell Jesus a mistake was made?
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, "Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over."
I pray we can all do whatever it takes to draw closer to Christ, ignore those who would discourage us and find the freedom that comes with constant conversion.
Have a blessed week,
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