by Pastor Jana Cox
Over the last four weeks, we have been teaching a series called, “Following Jesus.” In this series, we have been encouraged and challenged in our walk with the Lord.
The first lesson in the series was,” Heart of Heaven.” I had the privilege of sharing this message. In it we learned that Jesus desires to have an up-close and personal relationship with us. However, we found out that we may have a distorted view of Jesus. The reason for this can be because we have not really come to know Jesus for ourselves. Our information about Him is from others, their experience, or an inaccurate view of hIm. This is why it is important to have a personal relationship with Him ourselves.
Luke 19:1-10 gives us an account of a man who met Jesus. As we read through this story we find that this man (Zacchaeus) had a disadvantage in seeing who Jesus was. He did try to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree beside the road because he knew Jesus was going to pass that way.
In this portion of scripture we find that Zacchaeus was a man who had desperation in himself, he really wanted to see Jesus. Zacchaeus made a plan. He knew if he wanted to see Jesus he had to do something beyond the ordinary. Spotting a tree, he ran ahead and climbed the tree in order to have a view over the massive crowd. This took action on his part but he was willing to do it in order to see Jesus.
The question we may need to ask ourselves is this. Do I really know Jesus the way I would like to? Do I know Him by experience or do I know about Him through what others have told me? And is this really an accurate view of who Jesus really is? Am I willing to do something out of the ordinary to meet Jesus in a new way?
In order to live a life beyond the ordinary, we must have an extraordinary relationship with Jesus. What I mean by this is knowing Him for yourself in the light of scripture. Zacchaeus found out that when He climbed that tree Jesus stopped, looked up, and said to Him quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.
As we position and avail ourselves to Jesus He avails Himself to us. As He was towards Zacchaeus he is towards us. He desires to be at our house, He desires a relationship with us that will change our lives forever. Will you move out from the ordinary, and take the steps to get up close and personal with the one who will change your life in new and fresh ways? He did it for Zacchaeus, now allow Him to do it for you.