R.S.V.P to God with... What Really Matters
Perhaps you may relate to this, but I am not much of a morning person. Every now and again, however, if I have a good reason, I find myself not only up with the sun but happy about it (and without the aid of my obligatory cup of coffee).
I liken this to the way children all the sudden become morning people at Christmas or basically how in any situation, if we are looking forward to an outcome, the work of getting there is more tolerable, perhaps even enjoyable.
In short, we value what is is we are working toward and that sense of value motivates us. I want to be a doctor so I will study hard. I want to have a decent nest egg when I retire so I will save money and make investments. I want to go to heaven so I will follow Jesus.
When Zaccheus encounters Jesus, his curiosity turns to conversion as he changes from one motivated by the accumulation of wealth to one motivated by the the wealth of the Kingdom. His radical shift in values causes him to re-evaluate what really matters and respond accordingly.
We are also called to consider what we value in light of the Gospel message. This consideration must play itself out it our actions, just as Zaccheus does more than just declare his change of heart, but outlines his plan to give away his possessions as a result.
We often have an idea of what we should do, but the encounter with the very person and mercy of Jesus takes us out of the realm of doing something because we have to, to doing it because we are happy to.
Where are you in relationship to Christ? And how is He motivating you to respond to his mercy and power? What can you happily do or give that really matters?