“the guest of a man who is a sinner” (v 7)
You cannot control who your family is. You have no control over the personalities of your relatives. You do, however, control who your guests are. Zacchaeus chose whom he would keep company with, and he chose well.
The funny thing is that the complaining observers chose to focus on Jesus spending time with a sinner rather than seeing a sinner who wanted to be with Jesus. Kind of backward, isn’t it?
Do your attitudes sometime reflect a backward focus – missing what Jesus wants to do because you can only see whom he wants to do it for?
When you look at “sinners”, what do you see? Ask Jesus to open your eyes and see the “sinners” who he has prepared to hear the message of the gospel from you.