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Thursday, August 2, 2012

People Are Funny

People Are funny but Jesus loves us anyway
Luke 19:1-10:  1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.  5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.  7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”  8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”  9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
They all murmured or muttered about Zacchaeus. That’s what we do when we don’t or agree or understand something.

We don’t have to mutter. Jesus teaches us three things through this story.

1. God is a seeking God. Why do we expect people come to us?

2 God calls us by name. People want to be heard and recognized. Image is not everything – relationship is what people desire.

3. Jesus identifies with us, wants to spend time with us, even though He knows all about us! Do we know our community, and are we glad when they come? Do we seek opportunities to engage with them?

Be wise today and always – be active in sharing the Gospel.