Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by.
When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.” Zacchaeus scrambled out of the tree, hardly believing his good luck, delighted to take Jesus home with him. Everyone who saw the incident was indignant and grumped, “What business does he have getting cozy with this crook?”
Zacchaeus just stood there, a little stunned. He stammered apologetically, “Master, I give away half my income to the poor—and if I’m caught cheating, I pay four times the damages.”
Jesus said, “Today is salvation day in this home! Here he is: Zacchaeus, son of Abraham! For the Son of Man came to find and restore the lost.”
For years growing up in church I heard the story of Zacchaeus, but during my personal time with God this week, God revealed something to me about Zacchaeus. Those who share with me know that I have been in a dry patch; I think it has been evident because some weeks I don’t share in meditation with you all, because I haven’t heard from God. I kept saying to God, when are you going to speak to me? Did you forget about me? What’s up God? (Me and God keep it real with one another).
Last week God placed it in my heart that I needed a daily devotional and since last Saturday, I have spent more time with God daily than I have in a long time (I will admit it). During my time with God, he showed me the story of Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus and the crowd knew that Jesus was passing through Jericho. The word tells us that Zacchaeus was short in stature and couldn’t see Jesus through the crowd. The first thing God told me this week through this message is that there are so many people who are close to me, but they can’t see me because of the crowd.
Is that you this week? Then my prayer is that you push through the crowd… the people in your life that distract you from seeing God. You know who they are? Your Boss (my God), Your Family members, Your so called friends, Your Boyfriend/Girlfriend, and Your Wife/Husband… Is it your crowd that hinders you from seeing God?
Secondly, God revealed to me that Zacchaeus positioned himself to see God. You will not see Him, experience Him, live for Him… if you do not position yourself to receive from Him. But Zacchaeus climbed up in the tree to see Jesus. What have you done to see God? Have you gone the extra mile— turned off your phone… the TV… woke up early… stayed up late… Got on your knees because you know if you lay down to pray you were going to be out! I heard God saying… if you want to be blessed… you must position yourself!
Is this is you this week? Then my prayer is that you position yourself to receive from God. Sometimes you have to come out of your comfort zone to get in position. Zacchaeus was a professional man; I am sure climbing trees was not in his resume… but he did what he needed to do JUST to SEE HIM! (Thank you God)
Because he pushed through the crowd and positioned himself, God called him by name, and said, “I am coming to your house!” Some of your right now need Jesus to come into your home! The crowd was upset! They couldn’t believe that Jesus picked a crook, a thief to stay at his house. If you noticed even Zacchaeus was amazed. He was so amazed and humbled that he apologized to Jesus for the things that he has done!
Thirdly, I hear God saying that after you push through the crowd, get in position, you have to humble yourself and offer up a sacrifice for your sins. Zacchaeus promised God that he would give away half of his riches to the poor and punish himself if he steals again! Often times we give God empty promises: I am going to stop having sex… if you (fill in the blanks) I am going to stop cursing… if you (feel in the blanks). I am going to stop (fill in your lie to God)… if you (fill in what you’re begging for). We have all done it! But Zacchaeus stood before God and promised him with no premeditated plea to God. When is the last time you humbled yourself and offered God a sacrifice with no intentions of receiving?
Is this you on this week? Then I pray that you learn to go to God humbly every day and not just on the days you need something from him!
Lastly, because Zacchaeus pushed through the crowd, positioned himself, and humbly offered a sacrifice God not only saved Zacchaeus but his home too!
God did not just bless him, but he called him a son of Abraham! So not only was this sinner, crook, thief’s household saved because he pushed through the crowd, positioned himself, and humbly offered a sacrifice… he has also been placed into the inheritance that God promised Abraham! (Thank you God).
It is so time for us to go get our inheritance! But we will never get our inheritance if we don’t first see Jesus!
How will you push through the crowd?
Will you position yourself to see Jesus?
What will you humbly give up (sacrifice)?
It is so time for us to be about God’s business! Where are you? I don’t know about you… but I need to position myself!
God we thank you on this day! Thank you for allowing us to spend time with you in the midst of our busy schedules and hectic days! Give us the mindset to realize that without you all the running around we do means absolutely NOTHING! God We need you to come into our lives and we know that you are near, and on today we are going to Push through the crowd and Position ourselves. Not because we need a blessing God, but just because we want to be close to you; we want to be in your presence! We long for your presence! We Need your presence! God today we offer up a sacrifice to you, because you are God and God alone. Come into our heart…enter into our minds… rest inside our hearts. We need and can’t live with you out! In Jesus Name we pray… Amen and Thank God!