CAROLYN'S COMPOSITIONS

March 4, 2011

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: The Letter Z


CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS

26 DEVOTIONS BASED ON THE ALPHABET:

THE LETTER  Z

Monte Holland

Several persons have expressed an interest in having my husband, the Rev. Monte W. Holland, post an online series of devotions. Through their encouragement, Monte will post a weekly devotion on CAROLYN’S COMPOSITIONS. To read the introduction click on 26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction. Click on https://carolyncholland.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/26-devotions-based-on-the-alphabet-the-letter-y/  to read the previous post on the letter Y.

Return to this site each Saturday to read his devotions.  Carolyn C. Holland

ALPHABET OF THE BIBLE – THE LETTER Z

 Zacchaeus, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today. (Luke 19:5)

     I love this verse. What a great verse to end our tour through an alphabet of Bible verses.

     Zacchaeus was a little man. He was a despised man. He was a tax collector. He wanted to see Jesus. He wanted to know more about Jesus. When Jesus went by and the masses gathered, he saw his chance. He could climb the sycamore tree for a bird’s eye view. It was that important for him to see Jesus.

      But, was he ready for the consequences?

     Are we ready for the consequences of following Jesus?

      Probably Zacchaeus had no expectations other than getting to see a popular person from a distance. Yet he was singled out and called down from the tree, and even asked to host this famous guest. What an honor, but oh the consequences.

     This story reminds us that making a leap of faith can be quite costly. What was Zachaeus thinking that day? He’d surely heard stories about Jesus. Maybe he had an acquaintance that had been present when Jesus healed someone. Or maybe he had heard about the parables that Jesus told with great authority. Had he had heard about Jesus feeding the five thousand? At the very least Zacchaeus had been brought to the verge of believing that Jesus was not only different and truly special, but also the Son of God.

     And the cost was real. Zacchaeus didn’t calculate the losses. He responded with eagerness. And after he responded and accepted Jesus for who Jesus was, he didn’t hedge his bets or try to negotiate a more favorable deal. He owned up to his sins—mistreating the people he collected taxes from—and made restitution according to Mosaic law. It cost him return of the misappropriated money four fold. Zacchaeus could afford it because he was rich, but he went further—he gave half of his wealth to help the poor. Are any of us ready to go that far?

     In the case of Zacchaeus, he and his family were saved, rescued from a sinful life and placed under God’s care. Was the cost too high? What is new life in Christ worth? The point of the verse is that Jesus coming to our house and into our lives forever is a priceless gift. Authentic living for Christ demands that all other things take a back seat to his call on our lives.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

26 Devotions Based on the Alphabet: Introduction

Lions Still Guard Majestic Buildings

Adoptee Finds Biological Family: Mine

Children of courage: May They Rest in Peace

A Different Face of Homelessness

Fear of Death? Or Fear of the Way of Death?

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