The Sycamore Tree.
Is Jesus passing through in your live? If YES, then where exactly?.
And if NO, then why? Are you ready to see or encounter Him?
It’s possible to see Jesus in all situations. The omnipresent Jesus is and can be available in all aspect of our lives. Be it our workplace, relationship, or family; among others.
Join me climb the Sycamore Tree; to find the place that will make it possible for us to see Jesus.
I want to believe you knows the story of Zacchaeus. But just in case its your first time, the story goes this way:
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 19:1-10.
No matter how horrible our past may be, each one of us must find hope in this story. I believe one way or the other, we have literally or figuratively compromised in our lives. It may be in our work place, relationship, church, home or any other place we can think of – recall. But the excellent news is that, Jesus is willing to overlook our past and start afresh with us. He has already paid those debts and is just waiting for us to allow Him be a part of us.
Know that God is already there
Jesus already knows us inside out; in fact, before we were born. The amazing thing is, He came for only us. Still searching to save what was lost.
The christian life entails God seeking us and we responding; Not our efforts to reach God and to do our own will, but his love and out stretch hands to save us from our self-destructive ways.
However, just as Zacchaeus positioned himself to see that man called Jesus, so must we also position ourselves to meet Jesus.
Zacchaeus climbed the sycamore tree to see Jesus. He did that because he was vertically challenged. Also because the crowd was just more than he he could push though. And the best option was to increase his height and be at a place where his physical challenges wouldn’t be an obstacle. He cared not whether he be a sinner.
What mattered to Him at that moment was seeing Jesus; having an encounter. Thereafter, more than just seeing Jesus happened. His life changed completely.
Positioning ourselves in the christiandom is really important. Its true God chose us, but we must know how to respond to his words and actions. Zaccheus teaches us to learn to listen to the voice of God in our personal lives and respond without holding anything back. Believing, trusting and obeying Jesus. Also to focus on the Lord and not the crowd.
Faith and salvation is a personal affair. While others can play a part in bringing us to Jesus, we must personally respond to His call.
The story of Zacchaeus is relatively asking us if we are willingly and truthfully wanting to see Jesus or comfortably keeping Him at a distance? Do we compartmentalize our lives treating Jesus like someone that we talk to and ignore later depending upon the circumstances we find ourselves in?
The Christian vocation should be wanting more of the one who poured out Himself for us and less of ourselves. We are called to live differently because we live “in” Jesus.
The Purpose of this article is to climb that Sycamore Tree; to enable us see Jesus unimpeded. He still seeks to save what is lost.
Find Jesus by seeking Him. Remember, He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Learn to live your live always looking to Jesus.
God Bless You