The Rich Tax Collector

Yesterday, the scripture referenced a rich man who belonged to his riches. He decided that the Kingdom of God was not worth the sacrifice. Today, on the other hand, we will learn of a rich man who was seeking the Lord above his own wealth.

Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. (Luke 19:2 NKJV)

Note that he was a “chief” tax collector and that he was rich. He was also short and decided to climb a tree to see Jesus go by.

And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. (Luke 19:3, 4 NKJV)

Jesus sees Zacchaeus and tells him that He must stay at his house. They key here is that Zacchaeus sought the Lord. Then, when Jesus requests to be his guest, Zacchaeus receives Him joyfully. This man really knew who the Lord was.

The people are furious. Interestingly enough, they equated tax collectors to sinners (it would seem that is a far cry from today).

So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. But when they saw it, they all complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.” (Luke 19:6, 7 NKJV)

Although a tax collector had the ability to be corrupt because of their position of power, Zacchaeus had lived honorably and did not let money control him.

Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.” (Luke 19:8 NKJV)

Jesus’ answer to Him should be a welcome invitation for us to live in the same manner.

And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:9, 10 NKJV)

If we come upon wealth, we must not let the wealth control us. Live honorably, with a giving heart towards the Lord and His people; especially the poor. Seek salvation through Jesus Christ.

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