Luke 19:5-6 Will You Welcome Jesus In?

When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. Luke 19:5-6

Many people like to plan when they are going to invite someone into their home. They want to be able to make sure that their home is cleaned up and ready for a visitor.

Often most people have a somewhat to very messy home that they do not want others to see. Therefore, they do not like any unexpected visitors to show up at their doorstep.

As Jesus was walking along, a man, Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector (hated person) wanted to see Jesus. When Jesus saw Zacchaeus, He told him that he needed to come down and bring Him to his house that day. Zacchaeus was very pleased to do so.

Keeping a clean house is something that many people do not do. Most people know others who keep their house much cleaner and don’t want those people to show up at their house, for fear of judgement about a messy or messier house.

Jesus is desiring to come into the life of every person. His life is perfect, without any sin. He keeps an immaculate house (life) that is picture perfect.

Yet, no person has a perfect life when compared to that of Jesus. It is common to hear some people say that they do not want Jesus in their life, because they are so bad with sin. However, it is those people who Jesus wants to come and eat with. He is willing to go see the worst of the worst to give them a chance to be changed and cleaned up.

Jesus is willing to come in and help clean up the life of every person that is willing to accept Him.

You may look at your life and think that your life is so filled with sin that you cannot allow Jesus in. He wants to spend time with you and help you change.

Do not be afraid to allow Jesus to come into your life. Right now He is not coming to condemn, but to help you clean up your house.

Instead of fearing allowing Jesus into your life, welcome Him gladly in. He is coming to bring you an abundant life, not judgement. Allow Him to make the needed changes.

Will you gladly welcome Him in today?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow Jesus into your life and home; that you will allow Jesus to change your life; that you will be glad to have Jesus with you; and that you will trust God with all of your life.

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.