'Why did we choose the unusual name Zacchaeus for our tax and accounting
business? First, let me tell you the down side of such a name: Most
people don't know how to spell the name correctly, so it might make a
google search a little more challenging than normal. And Zacchaeus will
show up at or near the bottom of any alphabetized list of tax and
accounting businesses. So if a potential client sees a list of
businesses to consider, he will consider ours only if he doesn't make a
decision after having seen everyone else's business listing first.
Perhaps from the business consultant's point of view the name we chose
was a very large mistake.
But the name Zacchaeus means much more to us than the commendation of
the business consultant. As some of you will know, Zacchaeus was the
vertically challenged tax collector whose meeting with Jesus was
recorded in Luke 19:1-10, which says,
"Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the
name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He
wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because
of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see
him, since Jesus was coming that way.
"When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, 'Zacchaeus,
come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.' So he came down
at once and welcomed him gladly.
"All the people saw this and began to mutter, 'He has gone to be the
guest of a "sinner." '
"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.'
"Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because
this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and
to save what was lost.' "
Zacchaeus was in the tax business, and his relationship with Christ
transformed him. By the grace of God, Zacchaeus possessed the kind of
humility necessary for true repentance. Zacchaeus became generous, so he
gave half his possessions to the poor. He became honest, so he paid back
four fold to anyone he had cheated. By the grace of God Zacchaeus'
faith was proven genuine by how he lived. The name Zacchaeus, then, is a
constant reminder for us to seek the Lord in faith and to try to demonstrate
our faith by our good deeds.