November 17, 2015 2 Maccabees 6:18-31; Luke 19:1-10
Zacchaeus was “up a tree” in more than just a literal sense. True … he was vertically challenged … and as a tax collector … he was an outcast. He was seen as a traitor by his people … since he was collecting for Rome … and at the same time inflating amounts as his own compensation.
One thing Zacchaeus was not … though … was mediocre. His position of power and wealth did not prevent him from finding a way to see above the crowd. He makes the effort to look beyond … to climb a tree … just to get a look at Jesus.
What we find out … is that it is Jesus who first looks up and finds Zacchaeus in that tree … and once that encounter happens … Zacchaeus is a changed man. He publicly admits his guilt and promises to make things right. He repents.
Jesus takes the initiative in this conversion story … but Zacchaeus is ready for the saving word. The love and compassion Jesus has … awakens in Zacchaeus … new possibilities for love and service.
This story of Zacchaeus is a wonderful encouragement for us to seek the Lord. Even if we are “up a tree” we are always in the Lord’s sight.
May we take whatever initiative we need to keep our sight line … and our heart line to Jesus … free of obstacles.