Luke 19:4 What Are You Willing To Do?

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So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. Luke 19:4

As Jesus was going through the town of Jericho, Zacchaeus wanted to see Him. The crowds were very large and he was a small man, so he was unable to see Jesus. He ran ahead of where Jesus was walking and climbed a sycamore tree, so he could get above the crowds and see Jesus.

Zacchaeus was the chief tax collector for that area. He was very well-known and very wealthy. Yet, that did not stop him from doing what it took to see Jesus for himself. He had left behind his pride and ways of doing things as a wealthy, important person to see Jesus.

Most adult men, and especially those who are wealthy and important, do not climb up trees to see someone. And even more a tree that is slippery and not very easy to climb. Men of high importance would just state their position and tell people that they need to move. Or they would get the authorities and connections they have involved to move them to the front.

Zacchaeus did none of those things, but humbled himself and climbed the tree himself. This action did catch the attention of Jesus, because as Jesus passed by He called Zacchaeus down and went to his house.

There may be times when you go to church or are talking to friends and you hear or see that Jesus is among them. You look at your own life and cannot seem to see Jesus because of the crowd of things in your life. These things can be fears, worries, troubles or more.

At this point you have to make a choice. Do you just give up and ignore that Jesus is in the area, but you will not be allowed to see or experience Him?

Or do you pursue Him with all that is in you?

Pursuing Jesus may mean that you have to humble yourself and do something different. You may have to run ahead of the crowd and do something that is different to get His attention.

In order to see Jesus, you have to get above the crowds. You have to get above all the crowd of bad thoughts, worries, problems, fears, pain, and rejection.

As you seek Him, Jesus will come to you and eat with you.

What are you willing to do to see Jesus?

I pray today that you will see Jesus; that you will not be afraid to do something to see Jesus; that you will hear Jesus call out to you; and that you will have a new relationship with Jesus. 

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Matthew 13:44-45 Do What It Takes To Get It

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“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.” Matthew 13:44-45

Jesus gives another parable about what the kingdom of heaven in like. He gives the illustration of a merchant looking for fine pearls. Once he finds one, he sells everything in order to purchase it.

Getting things of high value is important to a lot of people. Often it is because it is a status symbol. It means a person has made it into the big time if he can afford to own something of high value.

Many men go into extreme debt in order to purchase some sports car or an extremely large house, or some other object that is not practical in any way. It just makes them look and feel good, because they have one.

They will also pay whatever it takes to have good health restored, when their health goes down. They will pay doctors big money to get healthy again.

In order to get that object they will work an extra job, forego getting other needed items, work extra long hours, or go into debt with credit to get the item. They see that item as of such high value that it is worth whatever it takes to get it.

Jesus compared the value of heaven to the value of that object. When a person gets heaven, he also gets eternal life, life with God, perfect health, perfect peace, no more pain, no more suffering, and everything else he will ever need for all eternity. This places heaven as of extremely high value.

Keeping the value of heaven in mind, as a believer, should cause you to want to do what ever it takes in order to obtain it. While salvation is free, it does cost to follow Jesus. You must give up your old way of thinking and acting. You must become a new creation in Jesus. The cost is your entire life.

If you are willing to work long hard hours at a job in order to get something that will not last for eternity, how much more should you work to get something that lasts forever?

Following Jesus and gaining heaven is worth more than you could ever pay on this earth. Be willing to do whatever it takes to get it and keep it.

I pray today that you will know the value of your salvation; that you will strive to give God all of your life; that you will be willing to pay the price to follow Jesus; and that you will know what you have in Jesus.