One of my favorite New Testament passages is Jesus’ encounter with that “wee little man” named Zacchaeus. In verse 8 of Luke 19 as Jesus is having dinner with Zacchaeus, he says “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.”
Out of context, this could sound like self-promotion and bravado. Was ol’ Zach trying to brag on how generous he was? Since we know that God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble, I think we can assume rather that Zacchaeus is declaring in humility that his heart is free from the cumbersome weight of being tied to one’s possessions. I say this because Jesus’ response to Zacchaeus is one of joyous declaration of his status before God. When Jesus heard how Zacchaeus planned on investing his money, he said to the Israeli tax collector “Today, salvation has come to this house!” Faith was present in the heart of the little guy, and Jesus knew it.
I am reminded of many in our area who like Zacchaeus, have given liberally and cheerfully so that we can continue to bring hope through music that is uplifting and life giving. To all those who made a gift during Fall Share this last week: Thank you!
Because of your generosity, “the right song, at the right time” will be heard by all who need a daily reminder of God’s great love.
Thanks for sharing. Have a blessed October!
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