"Standing Tall"

Luke 19: 1-10

Memories of early Vacation Bible Schools include both the story and song about Zacchaeus..."a wee little man was he." Bible students remember that Zacchaeus had gotten wealthy at the expense of others. And ever more, we remember that Zacchaeus was a short man and had to climb a tree to get a glimpse of Jesus. But later, after Jesus spent time with him, Zacchaeus stood tall.

This is not to suggest that he grew physically, but we admire and rejoice in his change of attitude, his spiritual growth and commitment. He said, "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" (Luke 19: 8, NIV).

Whatever our physical disadvantages may be, we can stand tall in our willingness and commitment to give. What was Jesus' response to Zacchaeus? "Today salvation has come to this house" (Luke 19: 9, NIV).

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