Today’s Scripture: And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. Luke 19:3‑4
Do you believe you have been so bad that God can no longer use you? Well, if that is the case, you underestimate God. In our study of God delighting to use small things, we come to our next example, Zacchaeus.
If anyone could be “unforgivable,” you could be assured Zacchaeus was in that group. He was a publican, a tax collector. He was the lowest on the social ladder; he was an outcast. For good reason, some would argue. He was a Jew who collected money for the dreaded Roman Empire. The people saw Zacchaeus as a traitor. Not only that, but he was a thief. He made his living by charging people too much tax so he could keep “his share.” Plus, he was the chief among the publicans, the head of these sinful, good-for-nothing traitors.
Although Zacchaeus was rich, his life was a mess. He recognized he needed a Savior, and that’s when he heard Jesus was in town. This was one of the times Zacchaeus wished for something that most people have wished for at one time or another; he wished he was taller.
Zacchaeus longed to see Jesus, but he was too short. Everybody else in the crowd was taller than him. He climbed a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus. That’s when Jesus saw him and called him by name!
Zacchaeus became a man of integrity. Everybody he had cheated in the past was given back four times that amount of money. He also gave half of his wealth to the poor. God used a sinner! Yes, he can use you and me. God delights in using small things, and God would be delighted to use you.
Devotional by Jim Scudder Jr.