As I was reading today I read a familiar Scripture about Zacchaeus the tax collector in the tree from Luke 19. I read it a few times thinking I might grab something new. What I see in this passage is about a man who puts himself in the position to receive what Christ had to offer. Luke 19 says that Jesus was just passing through Jericho. When He saw the man in the tree Jesus didn’t just keep on passing by but He stopped and asked Zacchaeus to come down from the tree.
It was then that Jesus said “I must stay in your house today (vs. 5).” Here is this low life tax collector whose position had put in a place of wealth but also a bad reputation with those around. However, even this person who in his time a low life found favor with the Lord. Why? I ask that question…because he put himself in the position to receive. He could have ignored Jesus coming but something in him had to see Jesus. He was short so looking over the crowd did not work. So he found this low hanging tree and with all he had climbed the tree to see Jesus. What ensues is Jesus says that He must go to his house.
Now the question comes back to me and all of us. Are we putting ourselves in the place to receive something from Christ. Christ is looking to go to “our house (heart),” and do we put ourselves in the place to allow Jesus access to that. Here is what is amazing about this story, Zacchaeus is like me not worthy of what Christ has to offer. Zacchaeus uses all he has to see the Lord and the Lord recognizes him. Do we put ourselves in the place to receive and experience Christ and His Holy Spirit? Sometimes we have to humble ourselves and position ourselves. It might just be praying, reading Scripture or just meditating on HIM. Zaccheaus did just this…his position was the best possible spot to encounter Jesus.
What happens after this defines the life of Zacchaeus; “Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”(Luke 19:9-10)
Our position matters. Join me in getting ourselves in the position to receive something amazing.