devotional post # 2032
Luk 19:1 And after he entered it, he was passing through Jericho.
Luk 19:2 And notice this man called Zacchaeus; he was a prominent tax collector and he was rich.
Luk 19:3 He was trying to get a look at Jesus, but he could not see over the crowd, because of his small size.
Luk 19:4 So he ran to the front and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, because Jesus was about to pass that way.
Luk 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, climb down quickly, because I need to stay at your house today.”
Luk 19:6 So he climbed down quickly and welcomed him joyfully.
seeking spiritual success
Jesus had already told his disciples that with God it is even possible to save a rich man. Now, the visual demonstration. Zacchaeus climbs a tree because he wants to see Jesus. He was a short man, but it was something in addition to his small stature that made him climb that tree. He was driven to success, but realised that he was a failure in the spiritual realm. He could not tolerate being a failure in that aspect of his life.
Perhaps you are not a rich person. Maybe you sometimes feel a bit of animosity toward such persons because they are the haves and you are one of the have nots. But, remember – a rich man without Christ has come up short. The wealthy people you know just might be searching for what you have – a relationship with God through Christ. Share Jesus with them!
LORD, show us those who are seeking spiritual success.