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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2 John 9 Running Ahead

“Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son.” 2 John 9

Every person is in the race of life. At times during this race you may be walking very slowly. Other times you may be running as fast as you can.

The world tells you to run at all times. You need to get out there and do everything and get everything. According to the world you only have a short time on this earth and must enjoy it all as quickly as possible. So many things to do, people to see, and places to go with so little time is the motto of the world.

As a believer in Jesus, you are told to walk with God. God is never in a rush. God has all time in His hands so there is no reason to go fast.

Just like a person who walks slowly through the woods on a path because he wants to enjoy the scenery, you must walk with God to enjoy life fully. Do not forget that Jesus came to give you life and life abundantly.

John is telling you that if you run ahead and leave the teachings of Christ, you have lost God.

How is it that running ahead causes you to leave the teachings of Christ? As I stated earlier, you are to walk with God. This walk implies that you are next to Him and hear everything He says and you go where He goes.

If you run ahead you are no longer walking with God. You are now out on your own. You can no longer hear what God is telling you. You are now doing your own thing.

Slow down in life and walk with God everyday. Allow God to talk with you and show you the path you need to walk. Do not deceive yourself into thinking you know what is best or what is around the next corner. Trust God and God alone.

I pray that today you will walk beside God in every step of life; that God will guide your steps; that you will listen to God’s voice; that you will follow the teachings of Jesus; and that you will not run ahead of God.