And Jesus entered and passed through Jericoh. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who He was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him: for He was to pass that way.
And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received Him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That He was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
I knew the Lord as a young girl, but when I reached teenage and early twenties, I withdrew a bit. I loved Christ, and throughout my life, I’ve known He has always been right there with me. At best, though, I’m afriad to say, but believe I was lukewarm.
Like Zacchaeus, I took a climb up a proverbial tree where I reamained perched there for a few years. Peeking through limbs of circumstances and leaves of situations in my life, it was difficult to get a clear glimpse of God. What were His plans for my life? How would I ever know if I couldn’t see clearly? Although my vision of Christ was impaired, He knew exactly who and where I was!
Once I got settled, “observing” didn’t seem so bad! Dare I say, comfortable? I was making it, day to day without having to really DO anything! What was I hearing in my spirit? Startled, I realized it was Christ, beckoning me to come out from down from there! Our Lord was not just going leave me where I was! Being a Child of God is not passive!
The impression I got from the upbringing at my church was that as long as I was “good”, I could just remain at status quo, spiritually. As long as I wasn’t moving backward, I was good to go! What did “following” Christ mean, anyway?
For the last few years, praise God, He has been teaching what it does mean to FOLLOW the Lord. Ever-active in serving Him, loving Him and others, engaging in prayer, reading and studying His Word, ready always to go wherever He leads!
Thank You for this day
Thank You for having a distinct Voice
The Voice of Truth
As Your Children
Let us be so familiar with Who You Are
We will know and obey when You call
Let us be willing to pick up and go, wherever You take us
Or to be content staying where we are, if that is where You want us to be
Thank You for this life You’ve lent to us
Please let us treat is as a precious jewel You’ve entrusted to us
Our Creator, our Savior, our Almighty God
In the Name of Jesus, Amen
song: I Will Follow https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgqD_HQQir0
credits: God the Father, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Scripture
google. youtube, biblehub