“The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard. — Gaylord Nelson
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through when the chief tax collector, Zacchaeus, ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see Jesus. If our favorite singer was in town on the same day as Jesus, which one would you climb a tree to see?
Whatever conversation took place between Jesus and Zaccheus, he stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now, I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount. Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:1-10)
Jesus invited Himself to Zacchaeus’ house because his reformation would have a positive effect on others. Zaccheaus had a joyful attitude when he received Jesus. What about us? Are our transformation positive and what type of effect have we made on others? Do we have a joyful attitude as followers of Jesus? If we honestly examine ourselves would Jesus say today salvation has come to our house?