Morning Reading for September 21

Luke 19:1-10
Suggested further reading: John 7:45-52

No one is too bad to be saved or beyond the power of Christ's grace. We are told of a wealthy tax collector becoming a disciple of Christ. A more unlikely event we cannot well imagine! We see the camel passing through the eye of the needle and the rich man entering the kingdom of God (Matt. 19:23-24). We see a plain proof that all things are possible with God. We see a covetous tax collector transformed into a generous Christian.

The door of hope that the gospel reveals to sinners is very wide open. Let us leave it as open as we find it. We should never be afraid to maintain that Christ is able to save to the uttermost (Heb. 7:25), and that the vilest of sinners May be forgiven freely if they will only come to him. We should offer the gospel boldly to the worst and the wickedest (Isa. 1:18). Such doctrine Mayseem to the worldly as foolish and a licence for evil. But such doctrine is the gospel of him who saved Zacchaeus at Jericho. There are no incurables under the gospel. Any sinner May be healed if he will only come to Christ.

A soul's salvation Mayturn on little and insignificant things. Curiosity, and only curiosity, seems to have been the motive of Zacchaeus' mind (v. 3). That curiosity once aroused, Zacchaeus was determined to gratify it. Rather than not see Jesus, he ran along the road and climbed up a tree. Upon that little action, as far as man's eyes can see, hinged the salvation of his soul.

We must never despise the day of small things (Zech. 4:10). We must never reckon anything little that concerns the salvation of a soul. The ways by which the Holy Spirit leads men and women are wonderful and mysterious. He is often beginning a heart-work that shall stand for eternity when a looker-on observes nothing marvellous. Whenever we see little signs let us be hopeful. Let us not look on a man coldly because his motives are poor. It is far better to hear the gospel from wrong motives than not to hear it at all. He May go on to receive Christ.

For meditation: The excitement of living as Christians is that a simple word or action can be the very thing God will use to bring someone else to himself.

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