No, I did not feel cute as a kitty but more like a rat! Sadly, that is how I felt most of my life. I had learned my trade well, made friends; No, more like acquaintances with important and powerful people and did well. I was rich and what I did not have in size and good looks, I had in possessions. People feared me when they encountered me as Rome had given me the power to collect taxes from them. My name is Zaccheus and I was a tax collector.
Was I happy? No, I was not happy. I did not have many friends. I was rejected by those who were suppose to be my people for my choice in trade. They had nothing to do with me. Deep inside, I was lonely. I had learned to not care for them either as it is apparent to me now that I did not care for myself. I had heard about a man named Jesus and that He was coming to town.
I was curious about Him! Who was He? On my walks through the streets I would hear people talking about His teachings and saying that He was good. They said He was The Savior, The Messiah, and the answer for Israel. People often said that He spoke of Hope. The hope of God! Others were confused, angry and afraid.
I was desperate for Hope! I wanted to see Him! What was my problem? Stature! Crowds were coming from all over to see Him and for sure I would not have had a chance. I have encountered difficulties in my life but I always compensate. I might have been short but always clever and when I saw the Sycamore tree I said to myself: “Zaccheus, don’t give up and get up there!”
Feeling small, confused and overwhelmed in such a large crowd, I almost fell down the tree when He look up and called me by my name! He knew me! He knew my intentions and that I wanted what He was offering! He said to me: “Zaccheus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”
Stay at my house Lord?! What else could I do?! Nothing other than come down as fast as I could and bring Him over to my house! What a Joy! purity and light irradiated from Him! I was willing to do anything to share in His purity and to be in His light!
I felt loved and accepted but He also instilled the need for change in me. I felt the sudden urge to undo the wrongs I had done and to pursue purity to show my love for Him. I said: ” Behold Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much”
Nothing else mattered that day! I had found The Lord! I had found myself! Sadly for some people they missed out on His blessings for they were grumbling saying that He was visiting with sinners. They were not focusing on Him but on the stains they saw on me. The Lord did not see me by those stains but He saw me as His child in a confused state and in need of a Saviour! He offered me His hand and I took it!
The Lord said to me: “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost”
That day was my first day of life! I had been born of the flesh and remaining on it had only caused me to be lost in sin and destined for death. This day, The Lord had come to my heart and by faith I had become Abraham’s true son and destined for life on this Earth as in Glory through My Lord Jesus!