Read Luke 19:1-10. What does it mean to be “saved”? Saved from what? Many people today feel they don’t need saving from anything. They have a good life and have no time for God.
But if they stop and think for a minute, they know, deep down, that’s not true. Most of us have some pain or other in our lives. It might be in the past, but it can still affect us in the present. Many of us carry resentment over something that has happened to us. We all feel pressure. Many of us feel guilty about some wrong that we have done in our lives. Especially after the last couple of years, many of us worry and are anxious about life and what it might hold for us.
In other words, we all have problems we cannot solve on our own. We need a Saviour. We need Jesus. Zacchaeus might have had a job. He might have been rich. But even if he had the hide of a rhinoceros, the rejection he sensed from his people must have hurt. Possibly, he tried to laugh it off. But it must have smarted.
Zacchaeus needed Jesus to show him where he was going wrong and to lead him on the better way to holiness and generosity.
Salvation reconnects us with God, our Creator. It makes peace between us and him. We come home. If you haven’t yet accepted Jesus’ salvation, it’s not too late. Confess your sin. Tell him about everything wrong in your life that you can’t put right yourself. And accept him as your Saviour. You’ll be glad you did!
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
- Do you struggle to admit you need God? What happens when you try to rescue yourself? And if you have accepted Jesus as your Saviour, how does salvation reconnect you with him?
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