Scripture Reading: Luke 19:10
In Luke 19, we meet a tax collector named Zacchaeus. Tax collectors were not exactly admired by the regular people – in fact, most people thought they were criminals. One of the first things we learn about Zacchaeus is that he was small in stature. He heard the chatter about someone named Jesus and decided he needed to see what all the fuss was about. But because of his small size, he couldn’t see over the large crowd. He had to find a way to overcome that challenge if he was going to catch a glimpse of Jesus. I imagine he didn’t really know what he was going to find, but he was curious enough that he wanted to find a way to see this Jesus who everyone was talking about. So he ran ahead of the crowds and climbed a tree.
But imagine his surprise when, over the large crowds that were gathered, Jesus called to him – this little guy that no one really liked, perched up in a tree – Jesus called him by name.
Jesus’ purpose on earth was not simply to be a friend to those who believed in Him. His purpose was to seek out those who needed Him – to call them by name, to open their eyes to His love, to save them from their sin and shame. Jesus sought the ones who didn’t even know they needed Him. When they didn’t know what they were looking for, He was already looking for them, ready to call them by name, ready to offer life to their seeking hearts.
Prayer: “Thank you, Lord, that you have called ME by name. In this season of busyness, help me to focus above the crowds, above the noise, and seek You first.”
by Tressa McQueen
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”