Monday Devotional: Finding Meaning

January 2, 2017

LINK TO THE SUNDAY SERMON: FINDING MEANING 

 

The story of Zacchaeus is a fascinating story.  As the chief tax collector in Jericho, Zacchaeus goes from being a swindler to a restorer.  In Luke’s account, Jesus never ask Zacchaeus to leave his job, but rather the mere presence of Jesus gave Zacchaeus new meaning in his life.  Zacchaeus would become a restorer. 

 

Read: Colossians 3:1-17

 

Based off of Colossians, everything we do should be done for the glory of God.  If this is the case, then how do you do this within your: family, work, and leisure time?

 

Zacchaeus went from someone far from God to someone devoted to him.  Because of his contact with Jesus, he decided that he needed to restore.  How do you bring restoration in your world (hint: think practically and not necessarily spiritually or theologically)?

 

Here are a few questions restorers ask themselves:

               - How do I love my neighbor as myself?

               - How do I bless my enemies?

               - How do I show Christ in a context where I cannot talk about Him?

               - What are the needs around me?

 

We are to be light in a dark world.  We are to restore the broken places within our midst.  While Jesus’ sacrifice was for salvation from sin and towards a future inheritance, he still brought restoration everywhere he went.  He healed, showed compassion, loved, and embraced the least of these.  He provided practical restoration to a hurting world.  How can you do this in your context? 

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