He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. Luke 19:3-4
People will often go to extreme measures to see someone who is famous. Some will pay hundreds to thousands of dollars to go to a concert of some singer, only to see them from a long way off in a large crowd. Others will do some crazy stunt to get the attention of the famous person.
As Jesus was passing through a town, Zaccheus wanted to see Him. In order to see Jesus, he climbed up a tree.
Zaccheus did not allow his pride or position to stop him from seeing Jesus. He was willing to do whatever it took to see Him.
There are many believers that state that they want to see Jesus and spend time with Him, but they are unwilling to do what it takes to make it happen. They want Jesus to just come to them in some special way, with no change or effort on their part.
Jesus calls people to Him, He does not always go to them. They have to make the step towards Him as He is walking by.
In order to make a step towards Jesus, it will often mean doing something different. One may have to step away from the world and its ways to see Him. The world will think the believer is crazy and doing something insane. It goes against the way of the world.
However, as soon as a person steps out to see Jesus, He will look and step towards him. Jesus wants and deeply desires to spend time with each and every person. Yet many will not do what it takes to get that time together.
As a believer you will have some desire to see Jesus and be with Him. You may find crowds of things and events in your way, trying to keep you from Him. You may see others up close to Jesus where you want to be.
Choices have to be made. You will need to step out and do something different than the rest of the world to see Jesus. It is putting sin and pride of this world to the side to get into a position to see Jesus.
What are you willing to do to see Jesus?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will put the world and sin aside to be with Jesus; that God will help you overcome pride to be with Him; and that God will reveal more of Himself to you.