Week Four Day Four - Devotion

07 Sep 2017
John Benn
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This week's devotions all come from stories about Jesus where he displayed acceptance and empathy toward sinners. Each devotion is focused on meditation on the passage rather than analysis:

• Begin with a prayer of thanksgiving to God for his acceptance of you.
• Read through the passage quietly at least twice. Try to imaging yourself in the situation. Ask yourself who you most identify with in each story.
• What acceptance and empathy do you see God extending to you through this story?
• What acceptance and empathy do you sense God calling you to extend to others from this story?
• Pray and ask God to show you a specific person or group that he wants you to show acceptance and empathy towards today.

DAY FOUR

- Jesus meets Zacchaeus

Luke 19:1-10 (MSG):
1-4 Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by.5-7 When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.” Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him. Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, “What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?” 8 Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned. He stammered apologetically, “Master, I give away half my income to the poor—and if I’m caught cheating, I pay four times the damages.” 9-10 Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”

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