Life is about relationships.
Brother Pablo Molina
Luke 19:1-10 (ESV)
1 He entered Jericho and was passing through.
2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich.
3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature.
4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.
5 And 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.”
6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully.
7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”
8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”
9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Life is about relationships. If you have all the toys and riches in life but you don’t have people to enjoy them with, then life really isn’t that good. On the other hand, if you have troubles, poverty, and struggles in life but are surrounded by friends and family who love you—then life isn’t really that bad.
Relationships, not circumstances, make or break enjoyment of life. The Proverbs say something similar: “Better is a dinner of herbs where love is than a fattened ox and hatred with it” (Prov. 15:17).
We see Jesus initiate contact in this passage. Jesus walks up to the tax collector and calls him by name, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today” (v. 5).