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“Real Change”

When you hear the word change, what do you think of? Change of clothes, changing your house décor?

Perhaps you change plumbers or a newspaper subscription. Please read the following verses. Luke 19:1-10

1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man, he could not, because of the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him since Jesus was coming that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.'” 8 But Zacchaeus 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.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

I often talk about the change that happens when we become a believer. One person radically changed by Christ was Zacchaeus. He was supposed to collect tax money from people that Rome approved. Zacchaeus made his money by adding to the taxes that he wanted to collect. He charged over and above what Rome wanted. Through this accepted practice, Zacchaeus became a wealthy man.

After meeting Jesus, Zacchaeus decided to give up to half of his money away. Then he returned money to the people he had cheated. more than half what he collected from the people than he took. He went beyond returning the interest he accrued. He paid back the people he cheated four times what he took from them.

Some people talk about change and do things as usual. The change that happens with accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior is a change that can be seen. A hint of this kind of change is when the use of your wallet changes. Obviously, money was important to Zacchaeus. When he meets Jesus, money quickly takes a backseat to serving Christ and His people.

You all have a tremendous day in the Lord,

Let everything that has breath (this includes you)

Praise and thank the Lord.

Be Blessed,

Be a Blessing;

Amen

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