Jesus and productivity

We live in a culture dominated by efficiency and productivity. We all feel the pressure, no doubt, to contribute something to the world, to live up to expectations and make something of our lives. Ours is a "what have you done for me lately?" culture.

And so we want to be productive. We feel good being productive. We have (!!!) to be productive we tell ourselves (or others tell us).

With all these pressures, it's helpful to pause (if you have time) and consider, what does productivity mean for you?

Now read Luke 19:1-10:

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (NIV)

And then consider this: What is productivity for Jesus?


Have a productive weekend!


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