More of Jesus!

How desperate are we to get more of Jesus? I’ve been thinking about that this past week, and I can definitely see where I can do better. You see, it takes more than just saying I want more of Jesus. It takes actually doing something about it. We might even be ridiculed or made fun of for doing things that brings us closer to Jesus. However, the persecution is only temporary. Our soul is eternal. What it really comes down to is, how bad to we want Him? Would we rather please those around us? What is more valuable to us? What do we give our time and energy too? I’ve heard it said many times, you can tell what things people love by how much time they spend doing something. Zacchaeus, in the Bible, was a great example of not caring what it took or what people thought of him in order to get to Jesus. He was a man of great prominence and wealth. He could have disregarded Jesus, and not even seen His need of Him. Luke 19:1-9 says, “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. 6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. 8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. 9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.” The first thing we see is that Zacchaeus was the chief among the publicans, and had a lot of money. He could have said that he had it all, and had need of nothing. He could have said that he was fine just like he was. Instead, He was desperate for Jesus! Secondly, not only could his status have hindered him, there were physical things that could have prevented him from being close to Jesus. First off, there was the press or the crowd of people gathered around Jesus that day, and on top of that, Zacchaeus was short. I can relate here! He could have given up and went home. He could have said it’s not worth the time nor the effort it is going to require me to get to Him. I hate crowds, or there is no way, I’m going to climb up a sycomore tree! What will people think of me?!? But, he went on ahead, and done what he needed to do to get to Jesus. When Jesus came, not only did Jesus know where he was, but he called him by name! And the icing on the cake, so to say, was that Jesus told him he wanted to go to his house. Wow, what if Zacchaeus had not done what he needed to in order to get to Jesus! Not only was he changed, but Jesus told him that salvation was come to his house as well. The odd part was people complained and said that Jesus was going to a sinner’s house. But, that is Jesus’s whole mission to seek and to save that which is lost. Zacchaeus immediately started making changes in his life because Christ had become part of his life. He gave half of his goods to the poor, and if he had stolen, he was going to restore it fourfold. If we really come in contact with Jesus, and surrender to Him. We will be changed! I could tell more stories about blind Bartimaeus, the women with the issue of blood, or of the four that brought their friend that was sick of the palsy to Jesus through the roof! The moral of all of these stories is that, if we want Jesus bad enough we can do whatever it takes to get to Him; no matter the cost, and no matter what people may think of us. It will take more prayer in the Spirit, more Bible reading, fasting, and laying things down that we shouldn’t be doing. Whatever it takes, it is worth it to get more of Him, and have our needs meet, no matter what they are!

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