What Should Make a Person Repent?
Luke 19 : 8 – 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!”
This is one of the most popular stories of repentance from the bible, the not so tall man Zacchaeus who was also a notorious sinner and tax collector struggling to see Jesus, and then Jesus making a move to be at Zacchaeus’s house, which resulted in him deciding to be an honest man from then on. It’s an amazing occurrence that leaves a template for how we should spread the good news.
First off, notice Zaccheaus’s eagerness to see Jesus, what seems to have sprung this desire.
Luke 19:7 – But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.
This verse shows that even the people weren’t pleased with this, but Zaccheaus didn’t care, and neither did Jesus. Zaccheaus was a man who most likely wasn’t loved by the people and obviously not loved by the religious elite, this must have made him feel far from God, or believe that God would in no wise associate with him, however, we see Jesus step into his city, and words about this great and genuine man of God must have spread including the kind of people he would associate with.
Luke 7:34 (KJV) – The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
Jesus never condemned anyone or chased anyone away, instead He brought God closer to the people, Zaccheaus saw this, and knew with Jesus he’ll be accepted. Does Jesus endorse Zaccheaus’s notorious sin, no! however, Jesus shows that God deosnt seek to run away from such people, but to be closer to them, so that in seeing Him, they find joy, and a new life.
Luke 19:6 – Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.
It’s funny how Jesus who was a man sinless never condemned anyone, but people who committed and did all manner of vile actions saw Zaccheaus as a tool for ridicule, simply because his sin was open. Don’t be in the band wagon who condemn, instead, bring Jesus closer to those who feel condemned, preach the word to them, let them see God’s love…why?!!
Romans 2:4 (kjv) – Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Gods goodness is what drives men to repent. When they see who God truly is, all fear leaves their heart, instead of running away from God, they run to God, just like Zaccheaus did. Christs extravagant love toward him drove him to repent. Be like Jesus, show God’s love to those the world has put a sinners tag on. God’s love brings people closer to Him.
Thank you Lord for your love. Teach me to express your love in the preaching of the gospel, and in encouraging others. Amen
Author – Gem