He climbed a tree. He was short of stature. He wasn’t a tall man, but he was hungry. The life he’d been living had its perks but peace wasn’t one of them. Taking & cheating are soul-diminishing practices but it can make the bank balance go up. If you’re hungry for money and pursue it you should pray you won’t be successful. The leanness of soul that it will produce in you is actually painful.
That’s where this man was. He was a taker. A cheat. Full of himself and his own greed, but who was this new fellow? His life was a constant outflow. He was just giving. Compare a drain to a fountain. That would be Zacchaeus and Jesus. Jesus just overflowed and people were attracted to him. Zach was always on the take and people fled from him. It’s a lonely life being on the take. There is no one to enjoy all of your ill-gotten gains with. Oh he was rich alright, but not in things that would satisfy his soul.
Now he was hungry. He saw Jesus. Heard about how He operated. Was intent again on getting what He wanted. He wanted to see Jesus. So he climbed the tree to have his way. But this day he got more than he bargained for.
The Giver came right up to the tree that Zacchaeus had climbed, he looked right at the Taker and said, Zacchaeus come down from there for I’m going to eat at your house today. Have you ever told someone that you are going to eat at their house? I’ve never been so bold. Now Jesus was not asking. He was telling the Taker that He was taking from him. Now this was more than he had bargained for. The Taker was being taken by the Giver!
So Jesus goes to Zacchaeus house for dinner and Zacchaeus is so excited that he repents and decides to give back the things he had taken. Some even four-fold. Jesus said to him, “This day salvation has come to this house.”
Now how did the Giver bring salvation to the Taker? By getting him started in the giving process.
Well, my friend, is your center self or others?
Are you a fountain or a drain?
I call you Giver!