Daily Devotion Tuesday, June 11th

Tuesday, June 11, 2013  – Psalm 36; Deuteronomy 30:11-20; 2 Corinthians 11:1-21a and Luke 19:1-10

Luke 19:1-10 – 1 He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2 A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 5 When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. 7 All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” 8 Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” 9 Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

I always enjoy the story of Zacchaeus. It’s simply one of the nice stories of Jesus reaching out to one whose life was totally changed by his encounter with Jesus.

Jesus noticed Zacchaeus in the sycamore tree and said; “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” Now I don’t think Jesus was simply talking about spending the night with Zacchaeus. I think Jesus was talking about Zacchaeus believing in him and trusting in him and having his life transformed through his relationship with Jesus.

In our reading from Deuteronomy we hear;

Deuteronomy 30:11-20 – 15 See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and adversity. …. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, 20 loving the LORD your God, obeying him, and holding fast to him; for that means life to you and length of days, so that you may live in the land that the LORD swore to give to your ancestors, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

Through the encounter with Jesus, Zacchaeus’ life was transformed and he found real life. He went from extorting excess taxes from the people to giving back a good portion of what he had and paying back those he had defrauded. He found real life.

Today, Jesus is saying to each of us; (your name) I want to stay at your house today. Today, may we sense his abiding with us and offering each of us full and abundant life. Life lived in God’s love and God’s grace.

O Jesus, I give thanks for your encounter with Zacchaeus and I give thanks for how you encounter me today calling me to an even deeper and more abiding relationship with you. Thanks be to you, O Christ, for coming unto me, unto us. Amen.

Psalm 36 – 5   Your steadfast love, O LORD, extends to the heavens,
your faithfulness to the clouds.
6   Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
your judgments are like the great deep;
you save humans and animals alike, O LORD.

7   How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
All people may take refuge in the shadow of your wings.

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