Devotional Reading: Luke 19:1-10
Memory Verse: Luke 19:10 – “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”
For the rest of your life, there is no other day that is today. Tomorrow will be called today when the present day has gone away; but, you will not return to these few hours in more than memory. If we cannot touch tomorrow from where we stand right now, then the question is with what and how do we have faith for the unknown? That is exactly the point of faith. Will you make a decision today that could change your life. If you could make such a decision, why would you wait until tomorrow?
Faith is the substance of things hoped for. The evidence of things not seen. If we already knew every answer, knew exactly what each day would hold, there would be no need of faith for we would be led by our knowing. But truth be told, we all have questions, even when we feel most confident. How can you find faith today? It may be closer than you think. Our sophisticated minds complicate simple matters. How do you increase faith? Believe. Start believing. The more you believe, the more you faith will grow.
Zacchaeus found a faith principle in today’s reading.
Society is sometimes quick to cast out differences. People may be ostracized for not meeting the arbitrary standards of the hyped media. For a person of celebrity or other notoriety, life can be all the more probed from day to day.
Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector was no movie star. Yet, he was well known. You might say that he was infamous. He had made some bad choices in life. He had also made a complete turn- around. Recovery however, is sometimes not treated as newsworthy. Thus, when Jesus turned in for fellowship and lodging at Zacchaeus’ home, Luke 19:7 says that all the people murmured and complained that Jesus was spending His precious time with a known sinner.
Zacchaeus’ dysfunctional fans thought they knew more than Jesus did about who Zacchaeus really was and what he stood for. What they did not understand is that since God looks on the heart of man, He sees your condition in real-time. The people of the city were working from old information. They had a case of bad intelligence.
God knows whether a person was once a thief who now gives most of his or her wealth to charity. This was Zacchaeus’ testimony. God knew the condition of Zacchaeus’ heart before Zacchaeus got up into the tree. He did not climb up there thinking, “I am an important businessman. Let me elevate myself to get Jesus’s attention.” His aim was humble. He had heard about this Jesus. People talked about Zacchaeus. What Zacchaeus heard about Jesus must have been starkly different from the comments he overheard about himself. Zacchaeus just wanted to see this man called, “Jesus.”
Zacchaeus found salvation that day – the day he was curious enough about Christ to make a decision. He decided to have faith that if I just raise my expectation and do what it takes, I will meet Jesus. He decided to find out who Jesus was. He did not let today, or the Savior pass him by.