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 that you are 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.
Despite all this, he is still eager. He hears Jesus the Christ is coming. Therefore he runs ahead of everyone and positions himself in the best possible location to get a glance of Christ coming down his street. Thus he climbed this janky and awkward sycamore tree. Racing up the tree as high as he could, he catches his glimpse. "He is coming," he thinks to himself. Closer and closer, he comes until finally, he realizes he's going to get more than a glimpse. He is the lucky recipient of a face-to-face encounter with the God of all things. The man Zacchaeus was desperate to see desires to see him. For the first time in a long time, Zacchaeus feels love, acceptance, and invitation. And the resulting invite is astounding—Christ wants to spend time with him in his home. And he is emphatic—Christ must stay at his house today.
Fellas, Jesus is emphatic. His mission is to seek men out—men like you. Men who feel unloved, unaccepted, and uninvited. If you are that man, know that Christ wants to invade your life lovingly. So let Jesus take up residence with you.
DO THIS: Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:
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- Pray: for 2-5 minutes about your need to feel loved, accepted, and invited.
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