DayBreaks for 1/22/18: When Salvation Comes to Your House
We often think of salvation as freedom – at least as being freed from something. And that’s all well and good, and even accurate. For those of us born in the United States, we’ve never experienced slavery. The language of Scripture speaks of the delivery of Israel from Egyptian slavery as a salvation, freeing them from their oppressors. It’s hard to argue with that, so I won’t even try.
If, however, all we think of when we think of salvation is freedom – the ability to stop being enslaved to someone or something, I think there’s something seriously wrong with our concept of salvation. Take, for instance, the story of Jesus and Zacchaeus. I won’t bother going through the story – let’s get to the point, and see something about what salvation really involves.
After Jesus spent some time with Zacchaeus (we’re not told much about their conversation at all), Zacchaeus breaks forth with an exclamation: Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount. (Lk. 19:8) What prompted Zacchaeus to come to this conclusion and decision, we just don’t know. We can only assume it was either something Jesus said, or just the experience of His holiness that moved Zacchaeus. Regardless, he meets Jesus and changes his mind about things, but immediately he also changes his ways.
But what is fascinating is Jesus’ proclamation at that point: Today salvation has come to this house. Here’s what Mark Buchanan wrote about this incident, in The Rest of God: “When salvation comes to your house, first you think differently, then you act differently. First, you shift the imagination with which you perceive this world, and then you enact gestures with which you honor it.”
Don’t get me wrong – I don’t think that Jesus was saying that because Zacchaeus was taking actions that he was saved because of it. I think Jesus was pointing out the motive behind the actions: Zacchaeus had been saved, and the evidence of his salvation was a change of both mind and action.
Have you been saved? What changes in action has salvation wrought in you?
PRAYER: May our minds be change and our hearts rekindled by the wonder of the salvation that has come to our house, and may we live lives full of the evidence of that salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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