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“When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu


Listen to my song “Changed” on YouTube by clicking HERE.


Luke 19:2-3

Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature.


The Jews would have greatly disliked Zacchaeus.

That’s because he was a “chief tax collector” – a Jew working for the Romans.

He was also a “wealthy man” – meaning he was getting rich off of the taxes the Jews had to pay to the foreigners who ruled over them.

But note that Zacchaeus, even though he knew he was a sinner, was “seeking to see who Jesus was.”

Something in his heart knew he had to see Jesus.

Due to his short stature, Zacchaeus climbed a tree to see Jesus pass by. That’s how Jesus spotted him.

Jesus must have sensed that Zacchaeus was in need of restoration.

So he invited himself to Zacchaeus’ home.

Note that Zacchaeus had done nothing to merit a visit from Jesus.

He had done pretty much the opposite!

That caused many to grumble and say of Jesus: “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner” (Luke 19:7).

Jesus knew that Zacchaeus also carried the light of God in his heart.

Through Jesus recognizing that, Zacchaeus was moved to change.

He proclaimed: “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything form anyone I shall repay it four times over” (Luke 19:8).

There was a time when I knew in my heart that I needed to know Jesus more deeply.

I committed myself to a search which has brought me great joy – but also great change!

Because once you experience the unmerited and unconditional love of God through Christ, you will have lots of changing to do.

But fear not!

The changes will lead you to abundant life!


Listen to the song of the day “Changed” on the “Give Praise and Thanks” album by clicking HERE.

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Remember: God loves you!

About billtonnis

Child of God, Pastoral Minister, Chaplain, Music Minister, Jail Minister, singer-songwriter, author, activist, former radio news anchor, imperfect follower of Jesus inspired by God's unconditional love, proud uncle... what else is there?
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