Sunday Reflection: For Something Better
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Charles Stanley In Touch Daily Devotional 5 September 2021
We all know Zacchaeus was a “wee little man” who climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus—a rather undignified act (Luke 19:1-9). But what was his motive? From a worldly perspective, Zacchaeus had everything to lose and nothing to gain from meeting Christ. Yet that didn’t stop him. Despite his influence and wealth, he sensed that there was something more to life. And perhaps he sensed, too, that there was Someone who would unconditionally love even a despised tax collector.
When Jesus said He would be staying at Zacchaeus’s house, the man “hurried and came down, and received Him joyfully” (Luke 19:6). Then that joy overflowed into action. After coming face-to-face with the Savior, Zacchaeus—without any prompting—pledged to give half his possessions to the poor and repay four times the amount he had extorted. By unclenching his fingers to relinquish the money, he was able to reach out for the greater blessing Jesus offered.
Think about it
• Is there something in your life that God is leading you to relinquish? If so, what is the reason for your hesitation?
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In Touch Daily Devotional 5 September 2021 Message. Dr. Charles F. Stanley is the senior pastor of First Baptist Church Atlanta and founder of In Touch Ministries, both located in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Stanley’s heart’s desire is to get the gospel to “as many people as possible, as quickly as possible, as clearly as possible, as irresistibly as possible, through the power of the Holy Spirit to the glory of God.