He Wanted To Change—Day 5
Luke 19: 1-10
“When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” And he hurried and came down and received Him gladly.”
As we conclude this week’s devotional series, we see that despite one’s faults, with Christ, there is always a chance to change.
Often excuses are in abundance when speaking of our faults. Many of us are quick to justify our behavior and remind others “No one is perfect.”
However, this biblical account of the short man who ran to climb a tree to see Jesus presents to us a perfect example of one who responds appropriately when in the presence of Jesus.
The devotional passage says, “They all began to grumble.” Why? Because Jesus was going to the house of a sinner.
It would be nice to say Zacchaeus was willing to give away his possessions so he would not bring shame upon Jesus’ reputation.
That would be powerful because how often are we concerned with protecting the name of Jesus, so we stop doing things that contradict our witness?
However, Zacchaeus’ response to Jesus was not so much about quieting the crowd but a hearty response to the goodness Christ granted him that initiated a genuine desire to change.
Zacchaeus could have focused on the crowd and reminded them that no one was perfect. Nevertheless, he was delighted with the Lord’s goodness and moved to clean up what he had messed up.
Question: What does the Lord’s goodness inspire you to do?
Jesus wanted to visit the house of Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was delighted to host Him. On his way home he sought to make things right with those he had wronged. Zacchaeus wanted to change his behavior because he had been changed in his heart. He had a new love.
Question: Do we have behavior that we have changed because we have been changed inside?
Zacchaeus wanted to give back up to four times what he had taken to make things right. This was not about attempting to purchase grace or the Lord’s goodness. It was a response to the grace and goodness he had received.
Jesus saves those who are lost and the lost respond with an attitude of gratefulness because they are glad to be found.
Question: Are you glad that Jesus found you? What is the evidence of your appreciation?
Until next week, God bless you.
Lord, You deserve better from us, help us live with a grateful heart. Like Zacchaeus, we want and are willing to change, thank you for visiting our homes and taking residence in our lives—we are so glad You are here, Amen.