He Calls, He Wants, He Loves YOU

God Gold of the Day

He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.””

‭‭Luke‬ ‭19:1-10‬ ‭

I had a friend recently that brought these verses to my attention. I had heard this story what feels like a million times but just to feel and see his excitement for the truths he learned through them, it sparked a new excitement for myself also! It’s so cool how Gods Word and the powerful, life-changing truths He speaks to us sets our hearts on fire. So much fire that it’s impossible to contain, just like my friend, it’s too much gold not to tell somebody!!!

This story here is about a little man named Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was a tax collector that lived in Jericho and as the people say, he was a “sinner.” Zacchaeus lived a life of a tax collector which in that time was known to be a cheater, and thief of people’s money which made him a very rich man. Something cool to notice is that even though Zacchaeus was “rich,” some would say that’s enough, all you want in life is to be rich right? Then you have it all! Well, it’s obvious that even though he was rich, the worlds riches were nothing compared to God’s ultimate gold that was visiting Jericho that day. Even though Zacchaeus sounded like he was well off and had it all, it’s obvious that he still was seeking more. It says that he was seeking to see who Jesus was, and because the crowd he couldn’t see so we see just how bad he wanted to see Jesus because he took extreme measures to do so, he climbed up in a tree to see over the crowd. Although Zacchaeus was a “rich” man by worldly standards, he was still in search for fulfillment, because nothing in this world can bring the true fulfillment that we long for as human beings.

Zacchaeus was seeking but then we see this awesome picture of Jesus, He’s on the way to Jerusalem where Jericho is His last stop. This is during Jesus’ earthly ministry and as He gets closer to Jerusalem He is getting closer to fulfilling the purpose which God had sent Him, to die on the cross as a sacrifice for our sins and to be resurrected from the grave to set sinners free! Jesus only spent three years in His earthly ministry, and it’s obvious from the crowd that He was a very popular person to see. To be as busy as Jesus was and to be on this world changing mission, you would think that every single moment was so important that Jesus spent especially because His moments were few at this point. But despite the popularity and despite the lack of time, Jesus is so intentional as He calls Zacchaeus, a sinner, a cheater, and a thief out amongst the crowd of people. Why would Jesus waste His time on this man who is labeled as such a bad person???

The cool thing about this whole passage is that Zacchaeus was in search of more, he simply wanted to see who Jesus was and despite all the odds, this little man found Jesus. It’s says, “for the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”

How awesome is that?!? That when we chase down Jesus in our lives just to get a glimpse of who He is, to hold onto the power and all that He brings in who He is, we will always have the same result. We will always find Jesus when we seek Him! Jesus will always be right there with open arms, calling us out amongst the crowd, because as we seek Jesus at certain times in our days, Jesus is ALWAYS seeking us!!!! His purpose is to seek and save the lost, so think about that! How much comfort and peace does that being to your life knowing that the Son of God, Jesus Christ is always there and present with you? Despite all of the odds going on in your life, whether you think you don’t deserve Him because of what you’ve done or the sins you’ve committed, or you have situations that seem to impossible for Jesus to find you in just as this little man in a tree out of this big crowd looked like he had no chance for Jesus to find him. Jesus calls your name through the storms, the rough situations of your life, no matter who you are Jesus is there for you!!! Even when it seems literally impossible for Him to be there, there He is!!! We could have all the riches of the world but nothing compares to the fullness of LIFE that Jesus brings!!!! Rest in that truth today, the truth that no matter how much you seek Jesus, your relationship with Him doesn’t depend on your faithfulness, your perfection, or anything to do with who you are, it’s all about Jesus and His faithfulness which as we see He is always faithful and constantly present, seeking you, chasing you down, to save you and be there right by your side!!! He calls you out of the crowd because His love for you is so intentional and so true!!!!

Sit at His Feet

God Gold of the Day

Jesus Visits Martha and Mary
“38 As Jesus and the disciples continued on their way to Jerusalem, they came to a certain village where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. 
39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught.
40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”
41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 
42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
-Luke 10:38-42
It’s honestly kind of funny how I ran across this story. I’ve been in a pretty busy season of life lately with a lot of different things going on and coming up all in the same time range. It’s been a lot to be done and to be honest it’s been overwhelming at times. I caught myself last night looking over my long to-do list and thinking about all the things to be done along with the little amount of time I had to do it, I began getting worried a little bit.
We live busy lives in a world that is always trying to pull us in different directions at all times. Especially with all the resources we have at our fingertips, it’s extremely hard to focus in on what’s important and stay away from being distracted by what’s not. I was in the middle of this busy strain in my life and started becoming worried. How can I get all this done in a short amount of time? What’s most important that should be done first or next? With all these different things battling for my attention, what direction should I give my attention to? Where should I go? What should I do? How should I do it? How can I do it in a way that pleases the Lord? Or how can I please the Lord the most?
These are questions that we will all face at one point or another in life but the good thing is that we have found all the answers we need in God’s Word. I had a lot on my plate and had intentions of digging into my Bible, but like so many times before, good intentions can sound good but they can only be good if put to action. So instead of only having the intention to read my Bible, I actually opened it up and what’d ya know? I fell right into this story about Jesus visiting Martha and Mary.
So much can be taken away from this story but what hit me the deepest was that two types of people were shown, Mary’s and Martha’s. Yesterday I acted way more like a Martha than a Mary. What I mean by that is Martha has Jesus coming into her home, she’s freaking out, “the Messiah is in our house, I have to get everything perfect, cook the perfect dinner, set up the best dinner party ever, the house must be spotless,” the list goes on and on. Martha is led to deep worry over doing all these things for Jesus and making everything perfect but she is a mess in the meantime. She is wondering why Mary is being so lazy. not helping out with dinner and just sitting around talking. You see how easily you can get distracted to do all these things for Jesus and keep doing them because you tell yourself it’s for Jesus so it’s not wrong. Yes it may be work that’s good but let’s look at Mary’s example where Jesus says, that’s good but I’m here to give you not just good but BEST!
Mary gets it! From our point of view it may not look like she’s doing anything but she’s receiving EVERYTHING! Mary is sitting at Jesus’ feet listening to His Words filled with the utmost wisdom, perfection and power of God. Mary doesn’t worry so much about all that needs to be done because she sees what’s most important. All that stuff in the kitchen is nothing compared to being filled with the Bread of Life.
I was such a Martha and struggle not to be a lot of the time. I get distracted by all the details and caught up in trying to do it all for Jesus when there is only ONE THING that’s really important, there’s only one thing I NEED to do and that’s sitting at Jesus’ feet, listening and taking in His powerful, life-changing Word. We say that all the work we are doing is still “good” if it’s for Jesus but what a powerful picture of the Gospel here. There’s nothing we can do to bring us any closer to Jesus or make Jesus be any more pleased with us or love us more than He already does. Jesus has already done it all by dying on the cross for our sins and raising from the grave. Upon Jesus raising on that third day, He raised not with a list of to-do’s, not with the keys to a “good” life but the keys to new life, the BEST possible life. It’s not about what we do but what Jesus has DONE!
Jesus did all He did for us so we could have one on one communion with the Father in Heaven. He did all He did because He wanted the BEST for us and to find out what is truly BEST for our lives, to separate “good” from BEST, the only way to receive that, see it and understand it better is sitting at Jesus’ feet, digging into His Word and through what Christ has for us, we are equipped to discern what we need to-do, we grow in wisdom and increase in His love to learn what truly needs to be done, how to do it, when to do it or if we even need to do it all. With all the questions that may come up in our crazy lives, there’s no need to be a “Martha”, run around in “to-do mode” trying to get it all done in a worried and stressful panic. The answer to all our questions come in following the example of Mary, sitting at Jesus feet and deeply taking in His powerful Word. Out of all that seems “important” there’s only ONE THING that’s really of importance to us and that’s simply spending time with Jesus!!!
It blows my mind how quickly everything in life, all the worries and busyness seems to fall into place, we have such a powerfully calm and peaceful presence about us, AFTER we first spend time with Jesus! Spend some time with Him and receive His vertical power and peace over all these horizontal problems.