Tuesday, March 12, 2013

seeking the lost

Good morning friends,
I hope the day is off to a good start. Today's story is a funny story about a short man who wanted to see Jesus but had to climb a tree to do it. At a deeper level it is about how things like wealth or career can get in the way of our relationship with God, but how God always tries to calls us back. As Jesus puts it, his ministry on earth was to seek and save the lost. That ministry of seeking out those who are separated is still the church's mission today. How can we do a better job opening ourselves to those who feel separated from God and from the church? If you feel separated, what can the church or I do to make you feel welcome?

God bless,

Luke 19:1-10
He entered Jericho and was passing through it. 2A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. 5When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” 6So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. 

7All who saw it began to grumble and said, “He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.” 8Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.” 9Then Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.”

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