Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Taking the First Step

Zacchaeus had several disadvantages the day Jesus came through his town.  His statute alone could have prevented him from getting the desired glimpse of Jesus because of the large crowd gathered around Jesus that day.  Zacchaeus determined to see Jesus even from a distance, climbed a sycamore tree instead of surrendering to his circumstances. A glance from the tree was all he thought he needed that day.

However, we are told that Jesus "saw" Zacchaeus, called up to him in the tree to come down, and invited Himself to Zacchaeus' home. He joyfully welcomed Jesus and then when confronted with his sins as a dishonest tax collector, he repented.  Zacchaeus so aware of his sinfulness against the  Lord and his fellow men sought to repay quadruple the amount he had taken (Luke 19:1-10).

Zacchaeus only believed he needed a glimpse of Jesus from a tree that day, but  the Lord knew he needed so much more.  Jesus saw a desire in Zacchaeus and took him to the next level.  Are we willing to take the necessary steps in the right direction?  The Lord faithful comes to us when we take the initiative.

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