Crosswalk.com aims to offer the most compelling biblically-based content to Christians on their walk with Jesus. Crosswalk.com is your online destination for all areas of Christian Living – faith, family, fun, and community. Each category is further divided into areas important to you and your Christian faith including Bible study, daily devotions, marriage, parenting, movie reviews, music, news, and more.

Intersection of Life and Faith

<< The Journey with Ron Moore

The Journey - October 23, 2013

  • 2013 Oct 23
  • COMMENTS

The Journey with Ron Moore

Full of Forgiveness | Luke 19:5

Luke 19:5
When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today."

How many of you can’t hear the name “Zacchaeus” without breaking into song? “Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he….” Okay, I am forcing myself to stop. This is not a story of a wee little man but a story of a big God with a big heart full of forgiveness.

Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector, had risen to the top of a despised profession. He was a Jew who worked for the Romans. That was bad enough, but tax collectors were notorious for figuring inflated amounts and pocketing the surplus. Zacchaeus was wealthy, which means what he lacked in height, he made up in shrewdness. But on this day, Zacchaeus wanted to see the man named Jesus…little did he know that day Jesus had an appointment with him. The Lord called Zacchaeus down from his vantage point and invited Himself for lunch, in spite of the muttering from the crowd that He was going to eat with a “sinner.” Before the salads were served, Zacchaeus was already repenting. As a tangible sign of a changed heart, he promised to give half of his money to the poor and return four times the amount to anyone he had cheated. Then came the best news. Jesus said, “Today salvation has come to this house.”

Most of the people in the crowd that day had written Zacchaeus off when it came to anything spiritual. He was a crook and a cheat. Then he met Jesus. As I read this story, I wonder how many people I have written off. Why do I so often forget that Jesus “came to seek and to save what was lost?” Zacchaeus reminds me to turn my judgment to prayer.

Father, forgive me for my judgment on the “sinners” around me. Forgive me for forgetting where I was before You found me, and or where I would be without Your grace. Remind me why You came to this earth. Give me a new commitment to share Your forgiveness with those You’ve placed in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Join us on The Journey at www.oneplace.com to listen to today’s broadcast. For more resources from Ron Moore, visit www.ronmoore.org. You can find us on Facebook and Twitter too!

Archives

Follow Crosswalk.com