Fortunately, Jesus does not thrust upon us the expectations that we place upon ourselves. Instead, he honors those who seek him out. He calls us to remain in him, as he remains in us. The call of Jesus is first and foremost a relational call. Jesus’ initial, direct command to Zacchaeus is not that he reform his life, not that he be a little nicer, not that he make amends with the people he has cheated. Jesus urges Zacchaeus only to come down and engage with him. He extends a loving invitation and investment.
—Angela D. Schaffner, Revealed: What the Bible Can Teach You About Yourself (Upper Room Books, 2019)
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When Jesus came to that spot, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down at once. I must stay in your home today.” So Zacchaeus came down at once, happy to welcome Jesus.
—Luke 19:5-6 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Search me and make me teachable.
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