I was reading today in Luke 19. The story of Zaccheaus. When I was a kid in church we would sing the song “Zaccheaus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he…Did you sing that too?
The Bible says that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. In Luke 19 it says Zaccheaus was a rich man. So that was a strike against him. But he was a rich man with a curiosity to know who this Jesus was. He climbed into a tree just to see and hear him speak. After spending time with Jesus, Zaccheaus says that he will give half of his riches to the poor and pay back anyone he has cheated. He had a metanoia. A profound change of mind.
I read this and think about what rich means. In America…even the lower class is rich compared to many of the world. We have so much. We spend so much. We are blessed. We are rich. We are Zaccheaus.
This brings me to my family at Restore. The Zaccheaus’s of Restore have spent time with Jesus. We get it. We have changed and do you know what, we are responding like Zaccheaus. We are giving. Not only have the people at Restore built a church in Haiti, school, orphan homes, support all the children in those homes, given to help people find their way back to God in Liberty, but this past Sunday on top of their regular giving….they gave 8000 dollars to the people of Haiti. The people of Restore get it. I am humbled to be a apart of this family.
And this is Jesus response:
-10Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”