Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!” Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
Dear God, a true son of Abraham. That’s a cool compliment I don’t think I’ve noticed before. I can here Jesus say it in a loud, boisterous tone—“A true son of Abraham!!” That might not be how he really said it, but I kind of like that interpretation.
I was describing by male lineage to someone about a week ago and I told them that come from a line of good men of whom I’m proud. Are there negative things that have been passed down through the generations like addictions? Yes. Are there even som physical things I’ve inherited from these guys that I could do without? Sure. But when push comes to shove, honesty and integrity are important values in at least the two men I have been able to know in my life. I hope I live up to being their son. And I hope my children can live up to that as well. It is a wonderful legacy to leave the future generations.
I could go on and on about the other positive things, but what I want to pray to you about is what it means to be a “true son of God!” If I were sitting around a table with Jesus and he were to pay someone that compliment, what would it mean? Well, that’s pretty much what he did with Zacchaeus when he called him a true son of Abraham. So what did Zacchaeus do to deserve this compliment? He repented and he made restoration. That’s pretty much it.
Father, help me to find every area in which I need to repent and help me to make restoration when possible. It makes me think of the 12 Steps in AA when one should take inventory and make amends except when to do so would harm someone else. That’s a really good step because it starts with humility and honest self-examination. Help me to continually do that and help me to model that for others as well. The secret truth is, real freedom from my shame and secrets comes from real repentance. Help me to be free.
In Jesus’ name I pray,