Yesterday I said that Zaccheus was saved by accepting a lunch invite from Christ. Out of this encounter with Christ, Zaccheus did three things; really, really good things, that we can imitate.
1. He showed up.
He found where Jesus was and went there. Bishop Kallistos Ware said, “Note Zaccheus’ sense of eager expectation, the intensity of his desire to see our Lord, and we apply this to ourselves. If we have an intense desire for a clearer vision of Christ, then we shall, like Zaccheus, receive far more than we expect.” We need to find where Jesus is and go there. Maybe we need to awaken the desire to finally follow Him, or see Him as He really is.
2. He confessed his sins.
Zaccheus’ identified the prominent barrier separating him from God and like a warrior he crushed it, destroyed it under the desire he had to be found by Christ. Confession, it has been said, is the secret heart of Orthodoxy. His barrier was money. What is the prominent barrier separating you from Christ. Greed leading to lack of community was Zaccheus’ primary problem. What is your problem?
3. He responded to extravagant love by loving extravagantly.
Give away money, ourselves, our time in an extravagant way. As St. Paul said, “Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
1 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And there was a man named Zacchae’us; he was a chief tax collector, and rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not, on account of the crowd, because he was small of stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchae’us, make haste and come down; for I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he made haste and came down, and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it they all murmured, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8 And Zacchae’us stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have defrauded any one of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:1-10 RSV