Small In Stature, Big In Heart

There once was in Jericho a man who was short in stature and small in the eyes of others. He was physically a short man. He also wasn’t thought of very well by his fellow countrymen due to the fact that he was a tax collector. His name….Zacchaeus.

Look at what happened with this man one day when Jesus was passing through:

“[Jesus] entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried and came down and received Him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, ‘He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.’ And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, ‘Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.’ And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’” (Luke 19:1-10)

Zacchaeus teaches us to be seekers of the Lord. Zacchaeus was willing to climb a tree in order to see over the crowds of people in his way. He really wanted to know Jesus. Are we showing that same kind of determination in our seeking of God? What about when distractions get in our way? What effort are we giving to overcome those distractions so that we can know the Lord better? Sometimes we need to put our phones down. Turn off the television. Put work aside. Spend more time with God in His Word and in prayer.

Zacchaeus teaches us about repentance. Look at his commitment to doing the right thing and making things right. He was willing to give whatever it took to change. Are we willing to do whatever it takes to make things right in our lives? Are we making things right with God? Are we making things right with others?

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came to save us. You and I. Jesus was willing to die on the cross to pay for our sins. What are we doing to know Him and the wonderful salvation He has brought us? Are we living for Him each and every day? Be like Zacchaeus. Do whatever it takes to know the Lord and live for Him.

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