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Come sit a spell


Zacchaeus, come down immediatel­y. I must stay at your house today.

— Luke 19:5 When I was a kid, our family made a monthly excursion from Ohio to West Virginia to visit my maternal grandparen­ts. Every time we arrived at the door of their farmhouse, Grandma Lester would greet us with the words, “Come on in and sit a spell.” It was her way of telling us to make ourselves comfortabl­e, stay a while, and share in some “catchingup” conversati­on.

Life can get pretty busy. In our action-oriented world, it’s hard to get to know people. It’s tough to find time to ask someone to “sit a spell” with us. We can get more done if we text each other and get right to the point.

But look at what Jesus did when He wanted to make a difference in the life of a tax collector. He went to Zacchaeus’s house to “sit a spell.” His words, “I must stay at your house” indicate that this was no quick stopover (Luke 19:5). Jesus spent time with him, and Zacchaeus’s life was turned around because of this time with Jesus.

On the front porch of my grandmothe­r’s house were several chairs — a warm invitation to all visitors to relax and talk. If we’re going to get to know someone and to make a difference in their life — as Jesus did for Zacchaeus — we need to invite them to “come sit a spell.” — Dave Branon

Dear Lord, as I look around at those who share this life with me, help me to make time to spend with them — for encouragem­ent, challenge, and perhaps just plain conversati­on.

READ: Luke 19:1-9 The best gift you can give to others may be your time.

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