Out on a Limb

“Jesus entered Jericho and made his way through the town. 2 There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. 3 He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.” Luke 19:1-4

“Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he,” so the familiar children’s song goes. Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus. But, why? He was the chief tax collector, a man of great wealth. What could he possibly need?

Zacchaeus knew something was missing in his life, and he was going out on a limb—literally—to find what was missing.

The same tenacity and determination that made him a wealthy tax collector allowed him to see Jesus over the crowd that day as He passed through Jericho. Climbing a tree to get a better view of someone is not what you’d expect to see from any grown man, much less one of such power and position. But, Zacchaeus was in search of something far greater than power or position. He was in search of a Savior.

What about you?

If you’ve found the Savior, do you recognize His value? Would you go out on a limb for Him?

Are you as tenacious and determined to find Him every day of your life as Zacchaeus was that day he climbed the sycamore tree? Do you search for Him with all your heart?

In Psalm 63:1, David says, “O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.”

May the zeal Zacchaeus had to know Christ be the same zeal that you and I have today.

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