Those of us who cherish Bible stories like the one about Zacchaeus, the small, insignificant tax collector who climbed a tree so he could see Jesus. As a result, Jesus went to Zacchaeus’ house, restored his self-respect, and announced to him that salvation had come to his house.
Legend has it that when Zacchaeus was an old man he still lived in Jericho. Every morning at sunrise he went out for a walk and came back with a calm, happy composure, regardless of his mood when he left. After his walk he was ready to begin his day’s work with kindness and joy.
His wife wondered where he went on those walks, but he never spoke about the matter. So being curious, she followed him one morning.
He went straight to the tree from which he had first seen Jesus. Taking a large urn to a nearby spring, he filled it with water, carried it to that tree, and poured it all around the roots. He pulled up all the weeds around the tree. Then he looked up among the branches where he had sat that life-changing day when he met Jesus. A new light of peace and contentment came into his eyes. He tuned away with a smile of gratitude and returned to do his daily work with a renewed peace in his heart.
Zacchaeus knew the importance of keeping the spirit of that unusual experience alive, and to do so he tried to keep that tree alive. So it is with us. We never forget the difference God has made and continues to make in our lives through the gift of Jesus Christ.
Folks, how are you keeping your faith alive these days? How are you keeping it fresh and up-to-date?
Dear Lord, today we sure do thank you for Jesus and the loving sacrifice he made that restored us to Your Family. May our lives, because of your forgiveness and renewal, be made so full that others may be blessed through us. In Jesus name. Amen.
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