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 Luke 19

Key Idea: Zaccheus...a small man with a big heart

Summary: I hope you are keeping warm and enjoying some hot tea or cocoa during this weather. Brrrr….

Last Sunday we looked at the story of Zaccheus, a small man with a big heart. Of course, he didn’t start out that way, but after his encounter with the living God…he was changed. That really got me to thinking about what true faith is.

True faith produces life change, because our focus shifts and extends from this life into eternity.

Zaccheus was a wealthy man and apparently had no problem cheating other people. His focus before Christ was the here and now. Get all you can, no matter what it takes. Interestingly, all his stuff did not really satisfy him. He was looking for something and when he heard Jesus was coming, he made it his priority to see Him…even if it meant climbing a tree.

HIs encounter with Jesus changed him. He gave half of his possessions to the poor and vowed to return four times what he took from those he cheated.

His possessions no longer held his heart.

His focus shifted because eternity was now a reality to him. It did not mean that he no longer cared about this life, he did. That’s why he made restitution to those whom he had cheated and that’s why he gave half of his possessions to the poor. Because he realized that what he does in this life DOES matter.

Though we are not told exactly what happened or why Zaccheus changed, we do know that it came after his encounter with Christ and that he became a “son of Abraham”. Since he is already a Jew and a descendant of Abraham, Luke is telling us that Zaccheus came to faith. As a result, he is a true son of Abraham.

True faith produces life change!

I shared a bit about an article I read about Elisabeth Elliot. A woman who has walked through the fire! One of her favorite passages is from Isaiah 43:2. “When you pass through the rivers, I will be with you; when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, and the flame will not consume you.”

Even in her old age, she knows whom she has believed. Though, she would rather not have experienced her suffering, she has received it…knowing these things were no surprise to God.

How do we walk through the fire? How do we live out our ordinary lives day by day? We live by faith!

True faith produces life change, because our focus shifts and extends from this life into eternity!

This has been an encouragement to me this week and I hope it blesses you. Sunday we will study Luke 19:11-27 on the parable of the nobleman and his slaves.

See you, Sunday.

Bobbie

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