He Wanted To Change—Day 3
Luke 19: 1-10
“So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.”
Yesterday’s devotional highlighted the small stature of our biblical character. Although Zacchaeus was a powerful and wealthy man, his accomplishments were not sufficient in and of themselves to assist him in accomplishing his goal of seeing Christ.
The meditative thought from yesterday was, what do we do when what has been our strength or source does not suffice in helping us complete the task?
Do we continue to hope despite seemingly lack of ability? Zacchaeus wanted something, and he was determined to go beyond the norm.
The devotional passage says, “So he ran on ahead and climbed into a sycamore tree in order to see Him.”
So much is being said behind this one sentence. First, a man of Zacchaeus’ position would not be caught running and especially in the presence of a crowd. The second thing to note is a man of Zacchaeus’ status would have considered it undignified to climb a tree.
Wow! Zacchaeus was so determined and moved to see Christ that he was willing to lose all respect for himself and his position to see Christ.
He wanted this so bad that he was willing to risk being shamed.
Question: How far are we willing to go to see Christ, or to be with Him?
It costs us something to pursue Christ, what are you willing to risk to make that happen? What do we want to change so badly that we are willing to be undignified to take hold of?
If we would be honest, ofttimes we are more concerned with what others think than how desperately we need to change.
The sycamore tree was a broad, heavy tree that could go as high as fifty feet and the large, stable branches grew out from the trunk of the tree. How much could we see sitting up that high?
Now remember Zacchaeus was a short man, and he climbed a tree that suited his predicament perfectly. The branches were low enough for him to reach readily, strong enough to hold his short frame steadily and high enough above the crowd to see Jesus clearly. God made a perfect tree.
Are we convinced that although we may lack what it takes to get the job done, it can still be accomplished because with God all things are possible?
Zacchaeus was willing to look beyond himself and he found a solution. Moreover, it was the solution that put him in the right place at the right time.
Question: What are you relying on to get the job done?
Lord, thank you for making it possible to be in Your presence, help us to desire You more than anything else, Amen.