THURSDAY, JULY 9
“He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.
Luke 19:7 (NLT2)
ADMIT WHAT NEEDS TO CHANGE
In the book, The Ragamuffin Gospel, Brennan Manning tells the story of a man who had sinned greatly. His church excommunicated him, and he was forbidden to ever come into the church again. He repented. He wanted healing, so he went to the Lord, as the story goes, and said, “Lord, they won’t let me in because I am a sinner.” To which the Lord replied, “What are you complaining about, they won’t let me in either.”
Unfortunately, I believe there are some churches where Jesus isn’t really welcomed. The self-righteous religious leaders of the day criticized Jesus for associating with a sinner like Zacchaeus. It seems everyone in Luke 19 knew how bad a sinner Zacchaeus was. More importantly Zacchaeus himself knew how bad a sinner he was, and he wanted to change.
The first step in repentance is realizing you have things that need to change in your life. The Bible promises that anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation. You may feel like the worst sinner and unworthy of a relationship with Christ. But know that Jesus came because we were all sinners who needed to be saved. It’s good to spend time daily asking God to show you any areas of your life that He wants to change.