Zacchaeus was a wee little man….
I’ve come to know a beautiful lady who treasures God’s Word more than anything. Her heart is HUGE for the Lord. She preached last Sunday at her church and blew me away with God’s Spirit living in her. It was not Sarah on the pulpit but the very Spirit of God that she was obedient to. I did not see Sarah at all as I know her–only the loving-kindness of Jesus and the powerful calling of God on our lives.
She shared a theologically sound sermon on Zacchaeus. If you don’t know the story, I encourage you to seek scripture and read the passages found in Luke 19:1-10.
I loved the song as a child with all the hand motions!
Listen and sing with me:
1. When your prize changes to Jesus it costs you your life. We are “wee” in the GREATNESS and GLORY of our GOD and KING!
When we seek Jesus with all our heart, soul, and mind we then realize how very small we are and how much we need Him. He becomes greater! We become less.
2. When you change your sought after prize to Jesus your perspective changes.
Like Zacchaeus we are willing to change our reputation, potentially lose friendships, encounter risk and danger. We could risk it all only for our efforts to mean something different, but the journey God called us to was the prize. You have to go upward–climb–without knowing the ending. God knows. He is counting on us to trust in Him and take a risk.
3. When you change your sought after prize to Jesus you change your position.
The fruit of the Sycamore tree is symbolic of humility. Humble yourself before the Mighty God! You are no longer boss–He is! Zacchaeus made haste in his decision to follow after Jesus and seek Him. There was no listening to the crowd or counting the cost. He went! The crowd complained and gossiped–He ignored.
4. When you change your sought after prize to Jesus you change your power.
You relinquish all power to Jesus and ask Him to rule in you. It’s an inward change of emptying self and the world and allowing Jesus to be your everything.
5. When you change your sought after prize to Jesus you change your purpose.
What is the first thing you do in the morning? Is it Facebook? Email? Grumbling? Make Jesus your primary purpose and focus. Spend less time judging others, and more time seeking God. You don’t know what God is doing in their lives, and the love story He is working on in them. Your purpose to love Jesus comes before your spouse, children, career, and church activities.
I WITNESSED A MIRACLE THAT DAY!
I was able to be a part of a miracle that Sunday morning. After the full gospel men’s choir sang, “I’m so glad God gives us a second chance!”, a man all dressed in white and walking with a cane walked into the church. I will never forget his child-like smile! He knew the Joy of His Salvation! Everyone started crying and shouting that God DOES give second chances! Right in the middle of the service, and no one skipped a beat. It was as if they expected miracles to happen! What a glorious church service! The presence of the Lord was there! He had traveled from Florida, and they had not seen him since his traumatic accident in which he was told he would not live, and if he did live he would never walk again. He was walking! And, at one point got up and played the drums for praise and worship! The man shared that sometimes God has to hide you to clean you up. He shared that his ministry of sharing the love of Jesus had been in the rehab nursing home in which he has been receiving medical care. I was thrilled to be a part of such a joyful reunion and to see first hand the miracles of God.