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Luke 19:1-10

Differences Don’t Matter to God

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Luke 19:1-10
Differences Don’t Matter to God

By Lois Parker Edstrom

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We don’t all live in a place where it snows. But, snowflakes are so fascinating that it is good to think about them and learn about them. Snowflakes are made up of tiny ice crystals that usually have six sides. When the ice crystals move within a cloud and as they fall to the ground they branch out and grow. Here are some pictures of snowflakes. See what beautiful shapes they have? And, an interesting thing about snowflakes is that no two snowflakes are exactly alike.

We can say the same thing about people. No two people are exactly alike. Some of us may be short, others tall. Some have blue eyes, others brown. Some have curly hair, others straight. Some like to read, others like to run. Some are quiet, others are loud. We could go on and on listing our differences.

The important thing to remember is that differences don’t matter to God. The way Jesus lived his life and the way he treated a man named Zacchaeus shows us that differences did not matter to him. He was in Jericho where there were large crowds of people who wanted to see him and be with him. Zacchaeus, was a short man and could not see Jesus so he climbed up into a tree for a better view. Jesus saw him in the tree, asked him to come down and said, “I must stay at your house” (19:5).

Others in the crowd grumbled that Jesus would want to go to the home of Zacchaeus who was a rich tax collector. Tax collectors, in those days, were not well liked. Jesus said, “…the Son of Man came to seek and save that which was lost” (19:10).

Jesus reaches out to everyone, regardless of their appearance or what they have done. We are all different; that is a good thing. Differences don’t matter to God.

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2011, Richard Niell Donovan