“But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”” Luke 19:8-10 NIV
Zacchaeus had no business hosting Jesus. He wasn’t a part of the religious brass of the day, nor he was one of the disciples. Usually people would associate Jesus with the sick and poor and Zacchaeus wasn’t either of these two things. This is what we know about this man: he was a professional cheater (tax collector), he was wealthy, and he was short.
Jesus saw him, pretty much invited himself to his house and at some point during the visit Zacchaeus announced he will give 1/2 of his wealth to the poor and pay up to 4 times any money he had cheated out of anybody. Jesus didn’t ask him to do that. This was all him.
Even more surprising was Jesus announcement right after Zacchaeus ‘salvation has come to this house’. Notice salvation cams not by being in close proximity with Jesus but by taking positive/kind/generous action towards others.
Let us not mistake our association with Jesus as a immunity card and instead let us do the best we can towards others. That seems to be the stamp of someone saved by grace, his/her actions... not his/her ideologies.
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