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Desperate for Jesus

I love the story of Zacchaeus. He was short. I am short. He was rich. I’m a Dave Ramsey student. He could climb a tree. I like to look at trees. What I really love about Zacchaeus is that he was desperate for Jesus. Being desperate means feeling hopeless. Being desperate is when you have tried so many other things and all attempts have failed. This is it. Do or die. It’s critical. It’s risky. It’s a last-ditch effort. You realize there’s no way. There’s only Jesus.

Zacchaeus was a sinner, like you, like me. He recognized that his life was hopeless. He realized it was do or die. He wanted so badly to see Jesus. All he wanted was Jesus. But he couldn’t see him. He was too short. He ran. He ran ahead and climbed higher. Higher. He climbed up a sycamore tree so he could catch a glimpse of Jesus. He did all he could to see Him.

We live in a different time than Zacchaeus but we too can see Jesus. We actually are blessed with the Holy Spirit, God in us, when we accept Christ. So anytime we want to catch a glimpse of Jesus, we simply need to pray, to read His Word. We don’t have to climb trees. We don’t have to run fast to get ahead. He’s right there within reach. Are you reaching? Are you desperate for Jesus? Is He all you want right now?

“Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by.”
-Luke 19:1-4 [MSG]

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Desperate Disruptions

When you get desperate you do things you wouldn’t normally. You are more vulnerable. You are more shameless. You are more likely to fall upon your knees. You are more likely to take action. Again and again we see this desperation from so many people in the Bible. Remember the hemorrhaging woman who reached out to touch Jesus? How about the friends who went through the roof to get their friend to see Jesus? Or the blind man who continued to call to Jesus for mercy despite the people around him who told him to quiet down? These people all were desperate. These people were all in need. These people all recognized they could not do it alone.

Jesus did not see these people as disruptions. They were each people in need—in need of a Savior. Each person needed help. Each person needed healing. Jesus did not turn them away despite having other things on the agenda. He took time. He gave of Himself. He embraced these people and filled their needs.

We each are in desperate need of a Savior and we each find ourselves on our knees in desperation again and again. If we look around, there are also moments when people are in need of help and they are placed before you so that you can be the hands and feet of Christ. Today I ask if you see these people as disruptions or if you keep your hands open and your eyes on Christ? Perhaps these “disruptions” are God’s plan all along. Perhaps at this very moment, you were to do something great for God’s glory, but you saw it as an inconvenience and passed up the opportunity to show someone the love of Jesus. Perhaps.

“I cry to you, LORD; I say, ‘You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.’ Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need; rescue me from those who pursue me, for they are too strong for me.” – Psalm 142:5-6 [NIV]

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