A Better Story


Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.

When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.”

Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.

Meanwhile, Zacchaeus stood before the Lord and said, “I will give half my wealth to the poor, Lord, and if I have cheated people on their taxes, I will give them back four times as much!”

Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”
Luke 19:1-10 (NLT)


Before Zacchaeus met Jesus, he was a tax collector. With words like ‘cheat’ constantly written in his life story, I believe the title of his life story at that time should be what some people labelled him as - “Notorious sinner”.

His story took a turn after he encountered Jesus. He began to repent and return back four times the amount of money he has cheated from others. Jesus called him “a true son of Abraham.”

Friends, all our lives are stories with messages. I believe none of us would want to have a story portraying a negative message. I don't think anyone would want people to label us as the “Notorious sinner” or “That bad kid”.

When we write a composition, we won't write a story which no one would understand. Similarly, we won't want our life story to portray a message without meaning.

Neither anyone wants a screwed up story, nor does anyone want a story without meaning.

Today, Jesus is inviting you to write a better story:
1) A story with a message which will cease letting you question yourself the meaning of life.
2) A story with a message that will stop labelling you as the condemned, the “Notorious sinner” and “That guy who can't be saved”, but as the “True son of Abraham”, “The righteous one through Jesus (Romans 4:5) and a child of God (Galatians 4:5).
3) A story with messages of triumphs, victories and situations that you will overcome because of Jesus.

Your life is a story with a message. Your story should be meaningful. Jesus is inviting you to write a better story. Will you accept his invitation and allow His love to change you forever?

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2 comments:

  1. I love where you said "we won't want our life story to portray a message without meaning" We all need a set of values to uphold, (even if the consequences might be painful!), because whenever we step in to serve a greater cause that glorifies God, we give our life a meaningful purpose to pass on to others. :)

    Blessings sweet friend!
    Denise

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  2. Amen! Thanks for the encouraging comment! :D

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