A Case Study in Conversion – Luke 19

“… make haste and come down, for today, I must abide at thy house.” Luke 19:5
“ And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully”. Luke 19:6

There was perhaps not a more unlikely candidate for salvation than Zacchaeus. Not only was he an unscrupulous tax-collector, despised by his own countrymen with a reputation to prove it (v. 7), but he was also rich and from a material standpoint probably had need of nothing. Yet in his heart, there was an aching to find out more about this Man named Jesus, who was to pass his way. He was commanded by the Lord to “make haste” and “come down”, which he did with joy, something that friends and money never provided him. Friend, what is keeping you from coming to the Lord? Is it your reputation or work? Do people get in your way? Or are you simply reluctant to humble yourself and “come down” to see what He has for you? “Make haste” and “come down” and you too can receive Him joyfully.

Make not conscience make you linger, nor of fitness fondly dream,
All the fitness Christ requireth, is to feel your need of Him.

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