He Wanted To Change—Day 2
Luke 19: 1-10
“He entered Jericho and was passing through. And there was a man called by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich. Zacchaeus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature.”
Often there is something that stands between Christ and us.
The passage says he was unable to see Jesus. In Greek by combining the two words, (was unable) the writer was saying, Zacchaeus could not be or become sufficient to meet a need or task.
Nothing within Zacchaeus was enough to put him in a position to see Jesus. Zaccheus could not see over the crowd because he was too short, and he could not push his way through the crowd because he was small and unliked.
Zacchaeus’ inability to accomplish his goal is intensified by the fact that, though he was a man of wealth and power, he still could not press his way through the crowd to see Christ. This reminds us that who we are, or the position we hold does not always suffice when attempting to fulfill our goals.
How often do we believe our position or status entitles us to special treatment?
Question: What do we do when we lack what it takes to accomplish our goal?
Think about it for a moment. We desperately desire to see and be close to Christ, yet we fall short, what do we do?
Zacchaeus fell short, but he was determined not to let anything obstruct his view of Christ.
Many allow themselves to be easily deterred by their insufficiencies.
Certain inadequacies may hinder us. However, we do not always have to give in to the impediment of our shortcomings. There may be a way although it is not readily evident.
Question: What are you doing to overcome your inadequacies?
Lord, we pray that our shortcomings do not cause us to become short-sighted. Help us to know that although we many not see a way, with You all things possible, Amen.