{ More Jesus } The Guts to Climb / Day 7

READ: Luke 19:1-10

“He (Zacchaeus) tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.” {Luke 19:3-4. NLT}

Sing this with me:

Zaccheus was a wee, little man,

And a wee, little man was he.

He climbed up in a sycamore tree,

For the Lord, he wanted to see.

I grew up in church. Between VBS and Sunday School, this song was in my repertoire. I never stopped to think about the power in the first four lines until recently. Zaccheus was a man of many challenges. Can you relate? First of all, he was vertically challenged, spiritually challenged and morally challenged…and he knew it. Let’s face it, we are all well aware of our challenges. I would dare to say we are more in tune with our struggles than our strengths.

What I find so beautiful about his story is every detail that played a factor in his encounter with Jesus. He didn’t allow his challenges to stop him from pursuing the Savior. He recognized that chasing Jesus would take effort on his part and he was willing to do what it took. He had the guts to climb. I’m sure he doubted himself. I’m almost certain he felt like a fool. In fact, the decision to take a risk on Jesus was also the decision to call attention to his inadequacies. There may have been a war raging in his mind if he should take such extreme measures to “rise above the crowd,” but he did it anyways. When our desire to experience Jesus outweighs our desire to play it safe, miracles happen.

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His persistence paid off.

“When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” { Luke 19:5, NLT}

What started as a peek at Jesus, ended as a life of purpose with Him. There’s a lesson we can’t miss here: Our persistence reveals God’s provision.

Look at some of the biggest miracles Jesus performed:

  • The woman with the issue of blood who pushed her way through the crowd { Mark 5:25-34 }
  • The lame man lowered through the roof of a house { Luke 5:17-39 }
  • The blind beggar who hooped and hollered { Luke 18:35-43 }

God gives us everything we need to march forward into our promises. To the woman with the issue of blood, He provided proximity. He gave her an opportunity just by being near and she took it. The lame man lowered into the house was surrounded by loving and supportive friends that carried him into his destiny. The blind beggar was given a description of Jesus and a set of lungs; he put the two together and his life was forever changed.

Before Zacchaeus ever decided to go for it, God provided the sycamore tree. Is it possible we’re more equipped than we realize? All we need is the guts to climb.

Lord,

Thank you that your provision is in what I see and what I don’t see. Open my eyes to see what you’ve already provided and give me the courage to take a giant leap into my purpose. And if I miss it, give me the courage to get back up and try again.

REFLECT:

  • Am I allowing any of my challenges to hold me back?
  • Spend some time in prayer and ask God: Is there something you’ve already provided for me to move forward that I’m missing?
  • What is God planting in my life to sustain me in the future?
Kristin Bonin
Kristin Bonin
Hello! I’m Kristin Bonin: wife, mom, friend, speaker and writer. My name means “follower of Christ” and that’s pretty much who I am. Aside from being a sweet tea drinkin’, front porch sittin’, warm weather lovin’, southern girl (yes, we really do leave the “g’s” off at the end of words), I am also highly skilled at driving my kids to their extra-curricular activities, warming up pre-made food and asking Siri for help with homework. In the middle of my crazy, I somehow manage to find my Jesus and have learned to chase after Him while I’m also chasing the kids. I am a mom of girls and wife to my husband Chris, who is an avid runner and pun master. If time wasn’t a factor, I could read all day long and I am particularly fond of the Bible. Studying it and applying it is my heart and joy. You can find more about me at kristinbonin.com.

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