I was a father to the poor, and I searched out the case that I did not know.
Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, 'Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.' And Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house... for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.'
Let's remember: lacking money is not poverty's only description. A lack of love, joy, peace, purpose or fellowship makes us poor people, too. Perhaps the tax collector, Zaccheus, lacked these other vital assets.
Perhaps everyone thought he deserved a godforsaken life, except God. When Jesus spotted him, He saw a sinner up a tree in need of help.
' 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance' (Luke 15:6-7).
On first glance, this 'More joy' message doesn't seem fair. Bible professors disagree on its meaning. But since Jesus condemned prideful self-righteousness, since all men are sinners saved only by His grace, since God looks upon a contrite and humble heart, I believe He rejoices in penitent saints.
Therein, He seeks abandoned sinners hanging out on limbs. Because when they're delivered from an impoverished life, they're grateful, willing and eager to help other people.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: as His chosen communicators, you're His front line in search and rescue.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Poor People series.