Great Plains Daily Devotional for 10/31/2022

Today please be in prayer for

Osage City UMC
Reading UMC
Flint Hills District
Piedmont UMC
Toronto UMC
Flint Hills District
Parsons District
Saffordville UMC
Flint Hills District
Belvue UMC
Emmett UMC
St. Marys UMC
Topeka: Tabernacle and Table
Flint Hills District
Topeka District

Today's Lectionary Text

Luke 19:1-10

He entered Jericho and was passing through it. A man was there named Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax-collector and was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycomore tree to see him, because he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today.’ So he hurried down and was happy to welcome him. All who saw it began to grumble and said, ‘He has gone to be the guest of one who is a sinner.’ Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, ‘Look, half of my possessions, Lord, I will give to the poor; and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will pay back four times as much.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost.’

Today's Devotional

Zacchaeus is one of the first lessons we learned about in Sunday school -- admit it, the song is still stuck in your head.

This "wee little man" is literally up a tree -- although scholars debate whether he's there because he was chased there, hiding, or trying to get a better view of Jesus.

If he was hiding, Jesus spotting him in the crowd and inviting himself to Zacchaeus' house showed us that Jesus knows where we are, literally and figuratively.

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