Restoring Damaged People

”He want­ed to see who Jesus was.” Lk 19:3 NIV

The Bible says, “Zac­cha­eus… was a chief tax col­lec­tor and was wealthy. He want­ed to see who Jesus was…So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree… since Jesus was com­ing that way” (vv. 2–4 NIV). The sto­ry of Zac­cha­eus teach­es us that rich peo­ple can be as dam­aged as poor peo­ple. How some of them got dam­aged is in the sto­ry of how they got rich. When you vio­late your con­science, it’s hard to live in your own skin. When you trade your core val­ues for mon­ey, your suc­cess can be hol­low and your guilt heavy. Zac­cha­eus strug­gled with this: ”Lord… if I have cheat­ed any­body out of any­thing, I will pay back four times the amount” (v.8 NIV). If that’s how you feel today, Jesus is say­ing to you the three things He said to Zac­cha­eus in Luke 19:5:

(1) ”Make haste.” Don’t put your sal­va­tion off a day longer. At any giv­en moment you are as close to eter­ni­ty as a faulty heart­beat or a malig­nant cell. Don’t gam­ble with your soul; get right with God while you can.

(2) ”Come down.” Hum­ble your­self. Kneel at the feet of the One who loves you and gave His life to redeem you. It does­n’t mat­ter how bad­ly you’ve failed: “if we con­fess our sins, He is faith­ful and just to for­give us our sins and to cleanse us from all unright­eous­ness” (1 Jn 1:9 NKJV).

(3) “Today I must abide at thy house.” The word “abide” means “to take up res­i­dence.” Refuse to live anoth­er day with­out the assur­ance that Christ lives in your heart, directs your steps, and watch­es over all that con­cerns you.

Source: The Word For You Today