1And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 3And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way 5And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. 6And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. 7And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. 8And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. 9And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Today, as I read the story of Zacchaeus, I get reminded of something very important. Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. So he actually went looking for lost people? Yes, and we should too. So many times I find myself wanting to try and separate from the world so much that I forget to go look for sinners to preach the gospel to. Do you ever struggle with this? I think personally this happens to me because my flesh wants to stay comfortable, but I find that usually when the Lord openes my eyes to something, it goes completely against my flesh. Do you think this could be part of the reason that the Lord tells us to follow him in spirit and in truth?
Another thing that I got out of todays reading, is how personal our relationship should be with Jesus. Do you have a personal relationship with Christ? What should that look like to the rest of the world? Should we just try to get along with everyone and go with the crowd? Or should we go forth telling others the truth in the gospel regardless of what their reaction might be? Just a little food for thought today. Let me know what you think.