Luke 19:1-10 (NLT) Zacchaeus undergoes a radical transformation. One lunch with Jesus, he pledges to give half his wealth to the poor and repay those he has wronged fourfold.
What do we see here?
True repentance: True, he realized that his life wasn’t in line with God. But more importantly, he would have discovered that there was hope for him. As a tax collector, the religious leaders would have condemned him with no hope. Jesus reversed that curse, showing him he was worthy of God’s love and mercy.
Once there is hope - life can change.
Act of sacrifice: His repentance produced proof. He wasn’t saved in “name only.” He was saved body, soul, and spirit. The thing that was most important to him - money - wasn’t anymore. His new relationship with Jesus was more valuable to him. So he “put his money where his mouth is.” He refunded all the money he stole, plus interest.
Help those in need. But Zacchaeus wasn’t done. What was important to Jesus was now important to him. So, giving half of his wealth to help the poor demonstrates his faith in serving others. This sacrifice demonstrates that true repentance involves tangible actions to make amends and help those in need.
Tell me in the comments below what you have done to demonstrate Jesus’ love to others.
Dear Jesus, help me to love others the way You loved them. AMEN.