Week 30, Day 1
July 25, 2022
Scripture: Luke 19
Zacchaeus was a wii little man and a wii little man was he. Luke 19:3 JST (Jordan’s singing translation)
Zacchaeus stands as a hero, championing for us what true repentance looks like. I was struck once again at his complete turn towards Christ and the new reality in which he lived. He abandoned his sinful and greedy ways and turned towards Christ. That turning towards Christ also meant that he righted the wrongs he committed. His repentance meant both turning towards God and helping those he hurt.
I am convicted by this that we spend much of our time righting the wrong we’ve done towards God, but fail to consider how we may have hurt people in our life. Christianity is a love for God and a love for people. It is, as we often say a vertical relationship with God and a horizontal relationship with others.
Have I truly repented (turned towards God) fully if I am ill-concerned with those around me?
Zacchaeus shows us the way. He turns to Christ and he blesses those he cursed. He gives generously and becomes a disciple of Christ.
Consider with me today, have I turned towards Christ? Have I cared for those I have harmed? Repentance is both a love for God and a love for people.
Who do you need to love today?
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.