An Attitude of Gratitude: Changed Lives
“Today salvation has come to this house…for the Son of Man came to seek out and save the lost.” Luke 19:10
Many of us fondly remember the story of Zacchaeus, the man who climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus over the crowd. Zacchaeus was not a popular person. He was a tax collector and his unethical practices caused many to despise him. However, something draws him to Jesus and when Jesus sees him, Jesus invites himself over to Zacchaeus’ house! Zacchaeus’ life changes when he meets Jesus. He’s so changed that he vows to repay all who he cheated and also give to the poor. For Zacchaeus, an encounter with Jesus led him to adopt an attitude of gratitude and his whole outlook on life was transformed!
On this All Saints Sunday, we remember the saints whose lives were changed by an encounter with Jesus. We remember how their faith led us to encounter the life-changing power of Jesus. And through that encounter, we’ve been invited to embrace a lifestyle of gratitude. We give thanks to God. We give thanks for our family and our friends. And we give thanks that God can use us to make a difference in this world.
As we examine our practice of stewardship to the church, may we remember how lives are being changed by the ministry of this church through our contributions and commitment to the work of the church. When Zacchaeus’ life was changed by Jesus, he couldn’t help but give thanks and share his joy with others. Stewardship is more than money or talents. It’s about sharing our joy with others so lives can be changed in Jesus’ name! Like Zacchaeus, may we embrace an attitude of gratitude and generously share our joy with thanksgiving.