What I Read Today;

Colossians 2; Luke 19; Isaiah 30; Psalm 63; Numbers 25-26

We are introduced to the Tax Collector named Zacchaeus in Luke 20.  There are a lot of people out there like Zacchaeus.  Zacchaeus was successful and wealthy.  Despite his wealth and his success in his chosen career, Zacchaeus was missing something in his life.

There was an emptiness inside of Zacchaeus’ heart.

Zacchaeus had likely never been invited to church.  At least not since he was appointed a tax collector.  In fact, Zacchaeus might have been tossed out of the church over his chosen profession.  When he started down this road, it probably didn’t matter to him.  Zacchaeus was chasing wealth and prosperity.

However, Zacchaeus finds that his wealth didn’t quite satisfy him like he thought it would.  One day Zacchaeus hears about this man called Jesus.  Jesus is doing incredible things.  Jesus is healing people.  Even more confusing, he’s accepting people regardless of who they are or what they have done.  Jesus is taking people, no matter who they are or what they have done.

Despite his fear, Zacchaeus begins seeking out Jesus.   He climbs a tree so he can catch a glimpse of Jesus.

Then Jesus calls his name.  Zacchaeus is about to find out what grace is all about.

I wonder how many Zacchaeus’s there are today?  How many people are walking the earth who’ve chased money, pleasure, and fame, who are empty inside?  How many people are just waiting to hear the voice of Jesus say, “I want you?”

Maybe, you could be the voice of Jesus today to someone who needs to experience the grace, love, and mercy of our God.

Is there a Zacchaeus near you today?

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