June 11, 2023
Luke 19:1–10 (NIV): 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.”
Life is About Opportunities
Ephesians 5:15–16 (NIV): Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
Recognize What’s Missing
Matthew 5:6 (NIV): “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be [satisfied].”
Status Doesn’t Satisfy
Proverbs 27:20 (GNB): Human desires are like the world of the dead—there is always room for more.
Luke 4:18–19 (NIV): “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim theyear of the Lord’s favor.”
Luke 7:47 (NLT): “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.”
Make Jesus Lord of All
Luke 18:16–17 (NIV): “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. 17 Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”