A devotion based on Luke 19:9.
One of the most popular stories in the Gospels is the story of Zacchaeus. There is a reason why children are able to enjoy it. It is incredibly visual. We can picture this short tax-collector perched in a tree, listening to Jesus. We can imagine the surprise on his face as Jesus invites himself over for dinner. This story is visual in another way as well.
One of the central doctrines of Christianity is that salvation is based on faith alone. There is no good work that will ever make us right with God. Having said that, Christian faith is much more than mental assent. Zacchaeus could have acknowledged Jesus as the Messiah as a matter of doctrine. But instead, Zacchaeus demonstrated his faith by attempting to make up for the wrongs he had done. There was a visual representation of his faith. What evidence is there that we have faith in Jesus?