Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.” 6 So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully. Luke 19: 1-6
Jesus was “passing through Jericho”. There was a small window of Opportunity for Zacchaeus.
Zacchaeus could not see over the crowd. He would no doubt not be able to see or be seen. He was too short. The bible says he was of little stature. He was of “short stature” indicating he was “short” physically. Basically he was “short” in height.
What I find exciting about this Bible truth is that he was not “little” or “short” in his thinking. It would have been so easy to accept his physical limitations. It would have been easier still to say,” this is all there is” and accept his circumstances. He wanted to see Jesus. This was his goal. He knew he would not be able to see him for the press of the crowd and his physical limitations. His challenge, his adverse situation, required him to make some hard, fast, choices.
Now there are a few things that could have happened here. He could have given up. He could have stayed where he was and hoped something would happen to change his situation. But that was not likely. Zacchaeus made a decision to be bigger than his circumstances. He made a decision to be larger than his “short stature”. His faith became the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. His climbed a tree.
According to scripture, he (1) arrived early. That tells me he was prepared. (2)He was in positon. He climbed a sycamore tree. He did the work necessary to be effective. 3) When Jesus reached the spot, there sat Zacchaeus, one despised by his community as a traitor, a corrupt individual that could have given up because of the adversity and challenges that he faced. In other words he might have been, “the least likely to succeed”. “When Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down.””
Get into the position, do the work and wait for the manifestation, “So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully”.
You have been called by name and I challenge you today to “climb a tree”. You are more than your physical limitations. You are more than your financial limitations, more than educational limitations, you are more than your current situation, and you are more than life’s challenges. You are “more”. Climb the tree. – Minister Lisa Fairley
With the heart of a servant it is Minister Lisa’s earnest desire to serve in the will of God to advance and encourage the Kingdom of God one heart at a time. She is currently blogging at: https://shespeaksencouragement.wordpress.com/
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