Zacchaeus provides an excellent pattern for an authentic response to the rescue given to us in Christ. It is surrender. Turning over our entire “house” to him.
Stewardship Renewal #1 – How do you see?
As we begin our annual renewal of the Stewardship Way of Life, the first question we have to consider is: How do you see? How do you see the world around you, your life, the meaning of it all?
“When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith?”
When Jesus returns he isn’t going to be looking for “good people.” “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith? Will he find people who have entrusted their entire life, the totality of their life, everything and every part of their life to him?
“Your faith has saved you.”
Faith isn’t an imposition on our real life. It is the only way to live a life where the newness we seek can be given.
“Increase our faith!”
Why is an increase of faith so important? I believe in God. I am a Catholic. Why is the need for more faith so important?
The Urgency of the Decision
There is a great urgency in Christ’s words. And he isn’t trying to shame us or guilt us. But he is trying to provoke a real and urgent response.
Yeah, maybe we’re not off in some distant land committing awful sins. Yeah, maybe we are just doing what everyone else in our community is doing. But maybe we are in just as bad a spot anyway.
The Cost of Discipleship
Jesus isn’t trying to draw a crowd. He isn’t trying to win a popularity contest. He wants disciples, not fans.
Humility: Accepting and Embracing Who You Are
Humility is not some weird meekness, and it’s not self-deprecation. Humility is embracing the truth of who you are. And who you truly are may not be as clear to you as you think.
Making A Plan to Enter the Narrow Gate
Following Jesus and entering the “narrow gate” does not happen by accident. What can we do to follow him?