Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Zaccheus: 4 Quick Observations

The famous story of Jesus and Zaccheus is found in Luke 19:1-10. Zaccheus is a little rich guy totally transformed by a meeting with Jesus. Here are 4 quick reflections about this story.
  1. Jesus rubbed shoulders with the poor, despised, rich, famous - any sinner that would open their heart to him. And he did this not caring very much about what people would think (v. 5).
  2. We all have the tendency (as the crowd did) to see others as sinners while being blinded to our own sinfulness (v. 7).
  3. While it is difficult for a rich person to "enter the kingdom of heaven" it is not impossible as this story illustrates (v. 2, 9).
  4. Generosity is a key evidence of a life changed by Jesus Christ. Stinginess and hording is incompatible with what it means to be a Christian (v. 8).
Are you willing to be like Jesus and engage with all different kinds of people? Regardless of what others think?

Do you humbly recognize our own sinfulness and need of God's grace? Or do you simply judge others as sinners?

Do you acknowledge the power of God to transform lives, even the most difficult cases?

Are you generous, knowing it is a key sign that you belong to Christ?

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