Whenever I hear statements rooted in jealousy about folks with money I get annoyed.
As I listened to our Pastor this week talk about Luke 19, I couldn’t help but think …”What is it Jesus wants from us?”
Like Christ, no matter how poor, we have riches beyond belief.
Like Christ, no matter what station we posses, this is not our kingdom.
Like Christ, we have the opportunity to turn all people–180 degrees–back toward a loving Father.
Watch how fast this rich little man, up a tree, hated by his neighbors, switches teams.
“Zacchaeus, come down quickly,
for today I must stay at your house.”
And he came down quickly and received him with joy.
When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying,
“He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.”
But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord,
“Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor,
and if I have extorted anything from anyone
I shall repay it four times over.”
And Jesus said to him,
“Today salvation has come to this house
because this man too is a descendant of Abraham.
For the Son of Man has come to seek
and to save what was lost.”
What was it that got to him?
Was it jealousy that made the difference to the Z-man?
Was it judgement?
Was it even solid Christian teaching?
It’s so simple really…
Christ didn’t act human.
In fact, if Jesus acted like we act, there’d never be any repenting going on.
Christ always uses Grace as His calling card…that’s the miracle.
Never let the fortunes, or misfortunes, of anyone we know keep us from imparting God’s Grace to them through love.
That’s not earthly, but that’s the Gospel.