Zacchaeus Come Down


Are you hearing the voice of God? Do you feel the encouragement of the Holy Spirit?  Zaccheus’ story teaches us today that nothing can stand in the way of our relationship with God and our dedication to his plan for us. It’s time to come down out of our trees…

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.

5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”

8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Luke 19:1-9

I have to wonder if Zacchaeus had heard about the rich young man who went away sad because he loved his wealth.  The interactions Jesus had with real people had ripple effects across the region and across time.

When we read the story of these guys, it’s a gut-check for us to turn our own lives toward the Lord and away from selfish ambition and wrong living.  Zacchaeus was not honouring God with his life, yet when Jesus called him down to have lunch, that was the tipping point for Zacchaeus.

Jesus knew what was going on in Zacchaeus’ heart.  He knows when we are moldable in his hands and wrestling with the reality of our lives in the kingdom of God. Jesus knows.  And when we need a push, he is there.  For us, it’s the Holy Spirit pushing and pulling on our hearts to guide us.

Are you hearing the voice of God? Do you feel the encouragement of the Holy Spirit? Come down out of your tree.  Listen to God and turn your life toward him.

Zacchaeus knew that for him, giving away half his possessions and paying back those he cheated was his next step.  For him, the idol of riches had to be smashed to the ground.  For you and me, it will be something else.

The point is that nothing can stand in the way of our relationship with God and our dedication to his plan for us.  Once we know God’s will, we must come down from our trees and take action.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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