In Luke 19:1-10 there is a story of a man named Zacchaeus (pronounced Zak–Key-Us). Zacchaeus was a rich man, in part because he did some things unethically. He was a tax collector and he took extra money from people just because he could. Now before you judge him, think of a time when you did the wrong thing, “just because you could.”
One day Jesus was passing through the city and because Zacchaeus was a short man, he could not see Jesus well. So, Zacchaeus climbed up into a tree to catch a glimpse as He passed by. When Jesus saw him in the tree, He called him by name and initiated an opportunity for a one-on-one encounter with the Savior.
How many of us have desired to see the fullness of Christ but have separated ourselves just far enough to get a glimpse, but not close enough to be touched? The good news is that we serve a God who is so loving and aware of our needs that He calls us by name and compels us to come into closer relationship with Him.
This is not the time to spectate and worry about what the crowd will say. You and I cannot afford to miss an encounter with Christ. We cannot afford to allow our past failures to make us believe that we are ineligible to come to know Christ in a more excellent way.
When Zacchaeus came closer to Christ, he made a decision to change his ways and change his lifestyle. If we invest in a relationship with the Lord we too will see that our love for Him will soon outweigh our love for the sins of the flesh.
To get close to Christ is to get close to the tangible definition of love, power, grace, mercy and majesty. Closeness with the Creator allows you to put into perspective your struggles and burdens. Once you realize that you are created and not the Creator you begin to let go of false burdens and recognize that God and God alone is in control.
This week, have an intentional Zacchaeus experience. Come down from the place of distance with God. Make a choice to meet Him face-to-face in prayer, study the Word and get involved in your Christ-centered local church. Once you meet Him for yourself, everything changes!