What Jesus Did! 'Repentance Means Change!' — Luke 19:8-9

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Zacchaeus said to the Lord (Jesus), "I want to do good. I will give half of my money to the poor. If I have cheated any person, I will pay that person back four times more!" Jesus said, "Today is the day for this family to be saved from sin. Yes, even this tax collector is one of God's chosen people!"
— Luke 19:8-9 NLT
Illustration of Luke 19:8-9 NLT — "I want to do good. I will give half of my money to the poor. If I have cheated any person, I will pay that person back four times more!"

Key Thought

Zacchaeus is a living example of repentance in this passage. Repentance is a change of heart that leads to a change of life. Zacchaeus was so touched by the Lord's loving presence, his heart was changed and he made a commitment to change his lifestyle. That kind of change is the mark of salvation and the guarantee of a new person!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for the joy your salvation brings. I praise you for the joy and hope my salvation has brought to me. Please empower me with your Spirit to produce the fruit of repentance, a life that blesses others and brings glory to you. In the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Acts 2:37-42
  • Acts 3:17-21
  • Acts 17:30

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About This Devotional

What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.