Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man

Keith Knight

"Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.' ” Luke 19:9-10

When my wife Toni and I spend time with our grandchildren we always love singing Bible songs with them, especially our granddaughters. The songs instill God’s promises and how much Jesus loves us. Songs that I trust you’re familiar with and have sung before as a family. Songs like “Jesus Loves Me This I Know, For the Bible Tells Me So” or “Jesus Loves the Little Children, All the Children of the World.” Needless to say, it’s a blessing and it brings our heart great joy knowing that they love Jesus.

But one of the songs that brings back a flood of great memories is “Zacchaeus Was a Wee Little Man.” It’s special because my grandmother sang this song to me as a child and to my children (which were her great grandchildren.) And now the legacy and heritage is being passed down to my grandchildren, hand motions and all. As I’m writing this devotion right now I can still hear my grandmother singing to me “Zacchaeus was a wee little man and a wee little man was he. He climbed up in the sycamore tree, the Master for to see. And He said, Zacchaeus, you come down, for I’m going to your house today. For I’m going to your house today.”

One of the reason why this songs has so much significance is because of my grandmother. But in addition to the sentimental value, the song lyrics reflect that Jesus brings Salvation to Zacchaeus’s home. As we read through Luke 19: 1-10 we realize that Zacchaeus was a crooked tax collector. He was also one of the most influential Jews in the day. He was very short in statue but he was hugely rich financially. But after meeting Jesus, Zacchaeus realized that he needed to straighten out his life. And his transformation was real and it was quick. It’s interesting to note that the only way you can know if someone has truly been converted as a Christian is to recognize a change in their outward actions and lifestyle. Zacchaeus showed he had really met Christ by the radical change to his lifestyle. It was drastic, dramatic and it was instantaneous.

Remember, we are called to be fruit inspectors and if a person’s character or lifestyle does not change, it is doubtful that their heart was ever touched by God. It’s great to acknowledge that God does exist but you must receive Jesus as your Savior and repent or turn from your known sins. Some people claim to be Christians, but they’re still involved in excessive drinking, drugs, sexual immorality, lying or stealing. And if you’re living this lifestyle, one could question if you’re truly a follower of Jesus Christ.

Check out your own reflection in the mirror.

If you are living a double lifestyle and putting on a good face in church but participating in an emotional or physical affair, engaging in dishonest acts, stealing, lying or in any other habitual sinful action, you are only fooling yourself. God knows the deception going on within and you are in critical jeopardy. Every day that you continue in that sin and refuse to repent, your heart is becoming harder and harder. But have hope, eternal life is within reach. Accept the free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ while the opportunity is still within grasp.

Check out your own reflection in the mirror. Do you look more like Jesus than you did yesterday?

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