He climbed up in a sycamore tree...

Zacchaeus was a wee little man...or so the Sunday school song goes.  I love this man's story.  Zacchaeus was small in stature, but he was one determined short guy.  He was a wealthy big kahuna of the local IRS.  My guess is climbing the ladder of a corrupt institution doesn't happen by chance.  Nor did Jesus' interaction with Zacchaeus.

Zacchaeus had heard about Jesus.  He had probably heard from his peers.  Jesus had a habit of hanging out with sinner types.  All of this made this wealthy leader wonder who this unpretentious teacher was, but there was a little problem.  (pun intended)  When Jesus was making His way down Zacchaeus' street, Zacchaeus couldn't see through the crowd, his view being choked by the shoulders of others.  This is where Zacchaeus problem solving skills make him famous throughout time.

Zacchaeus didn't let his stature nor his circumstance hinder him from seeing who Jesus was.  He didn't skulk around blaming the hand life dealt him for his missed his chance.  He made his chance to see Jesus happen.  He ran
He climbed.
He did whatever it took to see who this Jesus was. 

His reward?  Jesus sought Zacchaeus out and invited Himself over for dinner.  Jesus gave Zacchaeus more than what he was looking for, not only a chance to see Him, but to know Him.

May we all set aside our position...(what we do)
Our small stature...(who we are)
And our circumstance...(our view of everyday life) 
May we all run
May we all climb
May we all do whatever it takes to see who this Jesus is.

Oh, and don't forget...Jesus likes to invite Himself over.
He has a habit of hanging out with sinner types.


elizabeth said...

Fabulous...I love this.

elizabeth said...

You should submit this to (in)courage as a guest post.

Lauralee St. Clair said...

I agree with both of the comments above. :)

Samantha said...

This is goooooood.... I love that "May we Run, May we climb".. Wonderful, Jenn!