“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 not just a ‘tax collector’ but was ‘chief’ tax collector; he was wealthy. Back in the day his profession was not considered to be ‘noble’ but rather something to be despised and yet Jesus went into his house…where God entered Zacchaeus’ life. Jesus came to seek and save the lost…and so should we with our time, talents and treasures. In the ‘If you want to walk on water…’ book by John Ortberg was the following quote; “A career may end with retirement and lots of ‘toys’. A calling isn’t over until the day you die.” Jesus doesn’t tell us to stop seeking the lost at age 65; it’s a life long journey. If a half of all of your possessions could be used to feed 80 Haitian children throughout a school year would you consider giving it to Trinity/HOPE to help prepare young Haitian schools kids to seek and save the lost in their neighborhoods? Twenty dollars a month is all it takes to help feed 80 children in a large school in Les Cayes through the Matthew 25 Project. For details go to ‘Trinityhope.org’ and press the blue button for donate and find out how you can help to seek the lost with your treasures. As it says in Mr. Ortberg’s book, “If you want to walk on water…you have to get out of the boat.”
“We buy and sell, we lose or gain; our fortunes shift like sun and rain. Sustain our lives, reward our toil with bread and honey, wine and oil. Save us and others from our greed; You always give us what we need. I AM forever Who I AM. Above you, beneath you, around you and within you; be still and know that I am God.”
Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
May God be with you…Jay