When we do good out of fear of personal punishment or a desire for personal reward are we leaving any room for the spirit of the living Christ to be glorified in us?
When we meet Christ in our daily prayers, in the person of the homeless woman sitting on the sidewalk or in the children of your church community do we rival his gift of love?
Do we do good to see justice done or do we do good because it is good for us?
There is a difference.
A difference that Zacchaeus understood in that moment of elimination, in the presence of Christ’s love for him.
This week watch your children and grandchildren do good because it is the just and right thing to do. Like Zacchaeus born anew in Christ’s love, our children hold no status, no power they know only our love for them and from this love their good deeds flow.
We are also like Zacchaeus prior to his climbing that tree we hold power and status it is our motives for doing good that has come into question.
Like our children and Zacchaeus, do our good deeds flow from the love our Heavenly Father for us?
We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus maybe glorified in you, and you in him. 2 Thessalonians 1:12
Lectionary reading Isaiah 1:10-18, Psalms 32:1-7, 2 Thessalonians 1:1-14, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10.