The first part of Luke 19 tells the story of Zacchaeus, a rich and notorious tax collector. At that time in Israel’s history, tax collectors were looked down upon and considered to be sinners of the worst kind because of their dishonest practices. In fact, when Jesus called out to Zacchaeus to tell him that he would be staying at his house, people grumbled and said of Jesus, “He has gone to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”

Here is the thing about God’s grace though – it came (through Jesus) to redeem us all because we ALL have sinned (Romans 3:23-24). No person is better (or worse) than another in God’s eyes, nor is anyone more (or less) deserving of His amazing grace. His grace is for all who choose to receive it. As a follower of Jesus, may I live with that truth in my heart every day so that I may extend His grace to others who need it just as much as I do. Take a moment to thank Jesus, right now, for His amazing grace!

— Samantha Rasch