Sometimes we can feel like what we’re doing for God doesn’t matter. But, as 3 John plainly shows, even though we might be doing small tasks, there are no insignificant jobs in the Kingdom of God.
Our society makes much of love. It’s the central point of conflict for countless movies, shows, books, songs, and all manner of entertainment pieces. But what is love? What is true love, biblical love? The world has confused lust for love so much that Christians have become similarly confused as to what true love is — and if you’ve never been told what true love is, you’ve never really loved at all.
To be quite frank, from a human perspective, there are portions of Scripture that can be difficult to read. Sometimes it’s hard to get through them; and they become a slog. I’m referring mostly to the genealogies that pepper the Old Testament and preface the New. These listings of “who begat who” are, at first, a chore to read. But when you are made to realize that these genealogies are made to point you to Jesus, they taken on an entirely new meaning.
The story of Zacchaeus from Luke's Gospel remains ubiquitous in church settings mostly because of the quaint children's ditty that usually accompanies its retelling. The story of the "wee little man," however, is much more significant than we realize, shedding brilliant light on the power of grace and unilateral love — both of which our Savior embodies, for Zacchaeus and for us.