John the Baptist told even the religious leaders that they had to have deeds of repentance and not just have words alone. Paul describes 7 fruits of repentance in 2 Corinthians 7. When Jesus has an afternoon tea with Zacchaeus, there was a change in this tax collector's heart and it was demonstrated in his immediate action, caring for the poor, giving away his money, making restitution with those he had defrauded. Jesus said, "Salvation has come to this man's house." The saving on that day was not only a spiritual relationship with the heavenly Father and a place in heaven one day, but a salvation that is experienced right now. For Zacchaeus he was not controlled by his power, wealth or position any more. He could live free to fulfill his divine calling, even if he did remain a tax collector. He had nothing to hide, no fear from others, no regrets, no emptiness. Free to be content in being a child of God.

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