He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today."—Luke 19:1-5
Today I want you to imagine yourself as Zacchaeus. Just place yourself in his situation. His occupation was not well received. His position, without a doubt, was dispised. He was well-known but not well-loved. Add to this, he was not a commanding person due to his height and maybe frequently picked on as a child.
Despite all this, he is still eager. He hears Jesus the Christ is coming to town. Therefore he runs ahead of everyone else and positions himself in the best possible place to see Christ coming down the street. Thus he climbed this janky and awkward sycamore tree. Racing up the tree as high as he could, he catches a glimpse. "He is coming," he thinks to himself. Closer and closer he comes until finally, he realizes he is going to get a front-row seat. The man he was desperate to see desires to see him. For the first time in a long time, Zacchaeus feels love, acceptance, and invitation. But the invite is incredible—Christ wants to spend time with him in his home, and it is emphatic—Christ must stay at his house today.
Fellas, Jesus is emphatic. His mission is to seek men out—men like you. Especially those who feel unloved, unaccepted, and uninvited. If you are that man, know that Christ wants to invade your life lovingly. So let him take up residence with you.
This week we are focusing on the discipline of scripture.
Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
- Share: below, how this scripture and devotional has affected you today.
- Pray: for 2-5 minutes, about your need to feel loved, accepted, and invited.
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