Are You Willing To Climb To See?

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
— Luke 19:5

Jewish tax collectors were hated by their fellow Jews because they worked for the corrupt tax system set up in the Roman Empire. Basically, they were glorified thieves to their fellow Jews. 

But, it doesn't matter how bad a person seems, a character can be redeemed in the presence of Jesus. Zacchaeus was a short man who climbed a tree to see Jesus. While this makes a cute children's Bible story and song, it teaches us, adults, a wonderful lesson too. How much effort will we put in to see Jesus?

Jesus looks at the heart. Becuase of his effort and willingness to change, Zacchaeus received forgiveness. Zacchaeus heard the words, 

"This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost."

We receive a blessing when we desire to see Jesus no matter the cost or how we will look to those around us. When we learn to care more about what Jesus thinks and the state of our heart than what others think about us. 


To Ponder:

Do I care what others think or what Jesus thinks?


Prayer:

Jesus, 

I want to see You. I want You to be the priority in my life. Not worrying about what others will think of me, but the state of my heart. May I always make the effort to see past the barriers and challenging circumstances that are in my way right to You. Help me climb over any obstacles I need to in order to see. 

Amen 

 

Lori HilComment