Daily Devotion for January 6 2017

'Zaccheus is just like me!'

Luke 19:1-10 NAS
He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich. Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way. When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly. When they saw it, they all began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Zaccheus' story story has always fascinated me—even from earliest childhood days when I sang “Zaccheus was a wee little man” in Sunday School. For some reason, I've always felt a connection with this despised, thieving little guy, because...

1) I too am “small in stature”—I have done a lot of climbing throughout my years...
2) I too am insignificant—I'm nobody special in this sea of humanity...
3) I too have been despised by others—for valid reasons, because I've done others wrong...

AND!!!.

4) I too have sought Jesus—only to discover Him uniquely seeking-out me!
6) I too have wanted to “see” the Master—only to find His eyes and His thoughts already personally on me!
7) I too have had Jesus ask to “stay at” my “house”—he now resides in me!
8) I too have “stopped” and been changed by His Presence—the changes being made (by the Holy Spirit and Word) result in CHANGED BEHAVIOR and outward action!
9) I too have new desire to “hurry” to Him and “receive (Him) gladly!”
10) I too was once lost but now am found—I have received salvation through faith in the Lord!

Brothers and sisters in Christ: Don't you see the connection you too have with “Zaccheus?” His story serves to remind each and every one of us (who have faith in Christ) that though we were (and still are!) are small, insignificant, sinners—we have each been uniquely sought, personally seen, been made alive (and forgiven!), and we've been powerfully CHANGED by our Savior who 1) loved us first, 2) who gave us “salvation,” and 3) who “stays at” our “house!”

Praise the Lord!

Lord Jesus, we praise You today for the story of Zaccheus! May it bring to mind the wonderful way You uniquely sought, personally saw, and forever “stopped” and changed us! Make our remembering cause us to hurry to follow You gladly, Savior—REIGN in us as You “stay at” our “house!”

AMEN!!!

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