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20/20 Insight-The searching heart of Zacchaeus

April 22nd, 2020 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Vision, today’s 20/20 Insight focuses on the searching. heart of Zacchaeus.

In Luke 19, we find this wealthy tax collector climbing a tree to see Jesus. The Bible says that he wanted to see who Jesus was. 

Jesus noticed him and invited himself to Zacchaeus’s house. Zacchaeus welcomed Jesus gladly. 

The encounter changed his life. He said to Jesus, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

In seeing Jesus, Zacchaeus saw the folly of his greed, and saw how his life could be different by being more generous. His words to Jesus reflected his commitment to change course. Jesus said to him, “Today, salvation has come to this house.”

Focusing on the generosity of God’s grace gives us greater clarity for living out the Christian life.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Red Letter Wisdom-Zacchaeus

September 11th, 2019 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – Today’s Wisdom from the Red Letters is found in Luke 19:5.

Jesus said to Zacchaeus, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”

These are significant statements showing us how Jesus transforms a life from the inside out.

Notice that Jesus calls Zacchaeus by name, while Zacchaeus was in a tree. Jesus is personal. He calls us by name. We matter to Him.

Jesus tells Zacchaeus to come down immediately. “Now” is an important time to respond when Jesus calls our name.  

Jesus also tells Zacchaeus that He must stay at his house today. It was important for Zacchaeus to receive Jesus.  And that is how he responded. He came down from the tree and welcomed Jesus gladly.

The words of Jesus inspire us to receive Jesus as Lord of our home and Lord of our lives in the Year of Redemption.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com

Reason To Believe-Changed Lives

January 22nd, 2016 No comments

JOHN SHIRK – In the Year of Exploration, today’s Reason To Believe is how the Gospel changes lives.

If you have been touched by the grace of God, it is quite likely that you can recall specific ways you changed after coming to faith in Jesus-attitudes, behavior, or priorities.

The disciples became followers of Jesus and would later be appointed as leaders of the early church.

After an encounter with Jesus, the heart of Zacchaeus changed from being greedy to being generous.

A jailer put his faith in Jesus and was changed from being suicidal to being filled with joy.

God’s grace changes people’s lives in various ways, but one common thread is that in whatever way the person changes, it results in bringing glory to God.

One example of that is how Christians responded to reports of the Apostle Paul’s conversion. Galatians 1:23 says, “They only heard the report: ‘The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy.’ And they praised God because of me.”

“Changed lives” reveal the power of the Gospel and is a reason to believe in God’s good news.

John Shirk

john@wjtl.com