Monday July 25, 2011
To be brutally honest, there are people I’d rather not be around. People who are negative, who drag me down. People I feel I can’t trust. People who I see as shallow.
That’s probably pretty much how the crowd felt about the little man that day. But God has lessons for me, straight from the story of the little man.
Zacchaeus was a tax collector—one who took what the Roman government demanded and more. His kind was despised. And whatever his motivations for seeing Jesus that day, he made his way there.
He wanted to see Jesus and hear him. So, he positioned himself so he could.
Do I purposely place myself in position to see and hear Him?
When Jesus extended His invite, the crowd muttered; they called Zacchaeus “a sinner.” (Like they weren’t? If I look closely, I see my face in that crowd…)
Zacchaeus’ response to Jesus is my second lesson. Zacchaeus had always been a taker—of what he was entitled to and more. So what does the little man do now, when addressed by Jesus? He becomes a giver, something he'd never been before.
Once I’ve seen Him, do I make a conscious effort to comply with His character? Do I do what I haven’t done before; do I become what I haven’t been?
May I learn from the little man—turn my face to Him and be willing to change.
Linking up today with Michelle at Graceful for Hear it on Sunday, Use it on Monday.