Sunday, June 24, 2007

Bits & Pieces: Giving (9)

"And Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, '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.' And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham,' " (Luke 19:8, 9).

* A key evidence of the salvation the Lord Jesus brought to the soul of Zaccheus is the giving which resulted from his gratitude. Previous disdain for the poor, as well as unconcern over dishonest dealings, were replaced by compassion and a determination for a clear conscience. Instead of loving things and using people, he would now use things and love people.

* It is doubtful that a clearer evidence of salvation could be manifested in Zaccheus' life than is here given. To suddenly express generous concern for the poor, and to determine to gain a clear conscience, are unmistakable indications that Zaccheus' life had been changed.
The Lord Jesus had opened his eyes to finally see that people are more important than things.

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