It's You in That Tree

1 Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. - Luke 19:1-4

Yes, this is the same Scripture passage from yesterday’s devotion. However, yesterday we were looking from the perspective of someone watching Zacchaeus. Today, were going to look at this passage as if we are Zacchaeus.

In our passage, Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus so bad that he ran ahead of the crowd and climbed a tree so that he could see Him. Zacchaeus had a desire to see Jesus, and didn’t let himself get in the way. He knew that people did not like him because he was a tax collector. Yesterday we learned that most people hated tax collectors because they basically stole from people through overcharging on taxes. Despite knowing that he was hated, Zacchaeus wanted to connect with Jesus. What he has done did not stop him from seeking Jesus.

Are you holding yourself back from seeking Jesus? Have you done things that you think make you unworthy to seek Christ?

Read through the passage again and imagine yourself in Zacchaeus’ sandals. Despite what you have done in the past, you are worthy to seek Jesus. Now pray that God will remind you throughout the day that you are worthy to seek Him. Sit with God for a minute in this time of prayer with the knowledge that He desires you to find Him.