Then he said, “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” –Luke 12:15 NLT
Zacchaeus, as a chief tax collector, was a wealthy man. In the New Testament, tax collectors were disliked and thought of as sinners. Tax collectors gained their wealth by cheating others. However, everything changed for Zacchaeus the day Jesus passed through Jericho.
Zacchaeus was short in size and realized that in order to get a view of Jesus, he needed to climb a sycamore tree. When Jesus arrived, He noticed Zacchaeus in the tree. Jesus told Zacchaeus to come down from the tree and that He would be staying at his house. Zacchaeus had a heart change that day and told Jesus he would give half of his goods to the poor and repay four times what he had taken. Jesus then tells him, “Salvation has come to this house” (Luke 19:9 NKJV).
Jesus wants to come into our houses. He already knows who we are and what we need. He wants to come and change our hearts with His love. Just like Zacchaeus, when we repent and trust in Jesus, He changes us. He is waiting to give us a fuller life above and beyond anything we can imagine.
When Jesus enters your heart, everything changes.
Jesus doesn’t care about your past, for we are all equal at the foot of the Cross.