Many of you already know the story of a short man named Zacchaeus from the Bible in Luke, Chapter 19, verses 1-10. You probably have even sung a song about him in Sunday School.
Zacchaeus was a small man and a tax collector. Tax collectors were not liked at all in that time because they often cheated the people by collecting more taxes than they owed and keeping the extra money for themselves.
Well, one day, Zacchaeus heard that Jesus was coming to town, and he desperately wanted to see Him. When he tried to see over the crowd of people, he realized it was virtually impossible for him, so Zacchaeus climbed up a sycamore tree to get a much better view. When Jesus walked by, He looked at Zacchaeus up in the tree and said, “Come down, because I am going to your house today.”
Zacchaeus couldn’t believe what he had heard, but he climbed down that tree, took Jesus to his home and they ate together. While Jesus was there, Zacchaeus told Jesus he was sorry for the wrong things he had done, and he would give half of all he owned to the poor. He also told Jesus he would repay anyone he had cheated four times the amount he owed them. This made Jesus very happy, and Zacchaeus was happy too because he had decided to follow Jesus.
We may or may not grow to be very tall, but we can all be giants in God’s eyes when we decide to follow Jesus and be good, honest, and loving people. Make up your mind right now to try to always do what is right and be a “giant” follower of Christ.
Let’s say a prayer. Dear God, we know that You do not care about our physical size or how we look. You care about what is in our hearts. Help us to always do what is right in Your eyes. Then we know we will be tall and lovely in Your eyes. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.
Ann Moody is pastor of Wilkesville First Presbyterian Church.