There’s a Zacchaeus living inside all of us.
Luke 19: 3-10 “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.”
Zacchaeus was a short man and the crowds were big. But his curiosity meant he wasn’t deterred.
Zacchaeus climbed a tree which had dense foliage, perfect for hiding from people and from Jesus. But Jesus knows all the hiding places.
Zacchaeus had a perfect view to see who Jesus was. They had never met. But Jesus already knew his name.
The sycamore tree has low lying branches perfect for children to climb. The wealthy chief tax collector became a child. But Jesus particularly transforms adults with a child-like curiosity.
Zacchaeus made a decision to bring Jesus home. But the life-changing decision was the one inside the home.
Are you still curious? After all these years are you still in pursuit of Jesus?
Has your vantage point become a hiding place?
Can you still see Jesus?
What examples of child-like faith still exist in your life?
What personal decision do you need to make today that will benefit others and prove your encounter?