This is Part 4 of a 4 Part series on Stewardship.
There was a [wee little] man by the name of Zacchaeus we read about in Luke’s gospel (19:1-10) that was a tax collector for the Roman government. One of the things this meant was collecting taxes from the Jewish people, which he was one of. This did not make him well liked amongst his own people, as a matter of fact, he was pretty well hated. It was this guy who climbed a tree in order to see Jesus over the crowds.
Often times throughout the gospels tax collectors are lumped-in with “sinners.” It was this social fact which made it so scandalous that Jesus would insist to go over to Zacchaeus’ house for dinner. That very night! Jesus did not see a “tax collector” but a broken individual searching for something. Jesus was that something which changed everything for Zacchaeus.
For a man who lived the very definition of greed and selfishness, Zacchaeus became a man who desired to payback out of gratitude. A grateful heart compels us to give back as we recognize all that we have been given. Christ took the initiative, Zacchaeus followed-through.
May we who were lost and now found have hearts of gratitude that compel us to give generously.