Luke 19:1-10 (NIV)
Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
19 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”
8 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.”
9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Father, Zaccheus was a small man by stature but big in repentance and restitution. For when he realized how much of a sinner he was after associating with Jesus, he immediately offered to give half of his possessions to the poor and give back four times of what he has defrauded of anyone. True repentance does not stop at asking for forgiveness but taking action to make restitution. Lord, may my heart be as open to Your correction, as ready for repentance and as generous in restitution. For only a humble and contrite heart will enable me to really experience Your grace and reap benefits.