Today's encouragement comes from Luke 19:5, where we read these words:
"And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him [Zacchaeus], and said to him, 'Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.' "
This is the only place in the Gospel accounts where I can recall that the Son of God actually "looked up" at any man. Zacchaeus, the once-proud, swind-ling tax collector, is now humbled, and honored (by Christ's presence in his heart, and his house).
Zacchaeus' conversion was thorough. He was a new man in Christ. From now on, the former-cheater would now always "look up" at the blessed Savior, and give Him all the glory and honor. May we do the same.
[Puritan quote of the day: "Surely, did the devil know how much benefit ac-crues to the saints by temptation, he would forbear to tempt.” —Thomas Wat-son, in, "All Things for Good"]