Devotions for March 12, 2014

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Luke 19:1-10

Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. 2 There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. 3 He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.

5 When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.”

6 Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. 7 But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.

8 Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”

9 Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: While spending time with “a notorious sinner,” Jesus stayed sinless and brought people to repentance. Do you treat those non-believers in your life in a way that makes them repent? When you spend time with them, do you engage them in a way that makes them want to follow your examples? Or do you just go along with their choices and decisions?

Q: Are you praying for moments and open doors to share your faith? Do you have friends and family that need to hear there is a God who loves them? Are you willing to go and get them, and bring them up to where you are? Or are you staying away from them so that you won’t be brought down “to their level”?

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