Transformed to engage in acts of kindness 

Transformed to engage in acts of kindness 

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When we encounter Christ and invite Him into our lives, a profound transformation takes place within us. While this change may not always manifest immediately or visibly, it is nonetheless impactful, much like the transformation experienced by the Biblical figure, Zacchaeus. Upon meeting the Lord, Zacchaeus made a bold declaration: “Half of all that I own I will give to the poor. And Lord, if I have cheated anyone, I promise to pay them back four times as much as I stole.” His actions went beyond mere restitution; they epitomized extraordinary generosity and repentance.

Consider the significance of Zacchaeus’ gesture. Instead of merely returning what he had unlawfully obtained, he chose to give generously, going above and beyond what was expected. This decision was entirely his own; there was no explicit instruction from the Lord to do so. Zacchaeus, recognizing the magnitude of God’s grace in his life, felt compelled to respond in a manner that reflected his deep gratitude. By choosing to be extraordinary, he not only demonstrated repentance but also exercised wisdom.

Zacchaeus’ act of giving was not merely a charitable deed; it was an investment in his relationship with God. By committing to give half of his wealth to the poor, he was, in essence, lending to God. This act of faithfulness and generosity would undoubtedly result in divine blessings and favor. While we may not be in a position to give away half of our possessions like Zacchaeus, we can still emulate his spirit of gratitude and generosity.

In response to the transformative power of Christ in our lives, we are called to be agents of good works in our communities. Whether through acts of kindness, service, or charitable giving, we have the opportunity to demonstrate our appreciation for the grace we have received. Just as Zacchaeus chose to use his strength and resources for the betterment of others, so too can we honor Christ by extending love and compassion to those in need.

Tosin 'Badeniyi, PhD

Tosin 'Badeniyi, PhD

Tosin ‘Badeniyi, a Professor at the Department of Biotechnology and Food Science at Durban University of Technology, South Africa, holds a doctoral degree in Food Science from University of Pretoria South Africa. Since 2001, he has conducted research and lectured internationally in the area of food quality and safety. He is the editor of Food Science and Technology: Trends and Future Prospects and has published numerous scientific publications as well as four inspirational books.

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