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.”
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:8-10
Zacchaeus was something equivalent to a corrupt IRS agent for the Roman government. He had enormous power to levy and collect taxes from his fellow Jewish people. He was seen as one who betrayed them. Having met Jesus, something dramatic happened in his heart. He suddenly wanted to make restitution with anyone he mistreated. What powerful evidence of the conversion of his soul! I think restitution is a lost art today. It demonstrates an understanding of personal responsibility for our actions and gratitude to God for the forgiveness we receive.
Is there anyone I have wronged that I should restore? What creative way I demonstrate my understanding of forgiveness and gratitude?
God, as this day begins, would you help me complete the projects I am working on and interact gracefully with each I encounter. Please continue to give my mom energy each day. I pray we receive good news at the doctor visit today.