We aren’t privy to the conversation between Jesus and Zacchaeus, but the results are astounding. A really greedy person abruptly declares that he will give away half his wealth to the poor and repay anyone he has wronged, multiplied by four. I don’t know exactly how much time they spent together, but in short order, Zacchaeus had new priorities for his life and finances.
As a former middle school pastor, I found it amusing when the boys discovered their counterpart species, girls. All of a sudden, these smelly creatures contented to call each other names and talk about nonsense began to transition to pimple-faced “casanovas.” They still talked nonsense, but they were distinctly different. They noticed girls, talked to girls, talked about girls, and tried to get girls to like them.
Priorities have power over us. Ultimately, our actions align with our priorities. What we do on Sunday mornings, as well as our credit card statement, internet history, text message threads, and social media feeds serve as testimony to where our priorities are. Like it is with a middle school boy, it was obvious to the gospel writer Luke that things for Zacchaeus were different. So, is it obvious to those observing you that Jesus is your first priority?
Pray and ask Jesus to reveal anything you’ve placed above Him in your life.