But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled. Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
Devotion by Chris Shiver
For many years I have been a part of a prison ministry that seeks to connect those who are lost and have no hope with the God that we know can save anyone. But some (not at our church thankfully) have asked how I can minister to such “notorious sinners” and this scripture answers that pretty well. For I once was also a serious sinner until I met Jesus face to face, and even now I am far from perfect. If others had not ministered to me when I was behaving poorly then I would never have received what I needed from God to recognize and choose a better path.
Jesus, I pray that you will remind me each day that I am no better than anyone else, and therefore I should be willing to show kindness to anyone who I realize is in need. Amen.