Luke 19:5,7

Verse: When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

Insight: Jesus was interested in connecting with people who others viewed as “too far gone” or “unlikely to be saved” Zacchaeus was a wealthy man who had stolen money from lots of people. But Jesus invited him into relationship with him. He does the same thing for us today. You’re not too far or even slightly unlikely in from Jesus’ perspective.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for loving people like me and Zacchaeus - people who others might think are too far gone or unlikely to be reached and loved by you. Help me to show the same love to others today. In your Name, Amen.

Jeffery Portmann