Luke 19:1-27; Genesis 32-33; Psalm 25
Yes, I’ve tried them. About the only thing I would do for a Klondike Bar is pay the money, unwrap it and eat it. If you’ve seen the commercials, they ask what you would do for a Klondike Bar and then show people doing all kinds of silly things just to get one. Now, if it’s working to improve my relationship and obedience to Jesus, there are lots of things I would do. Zaccheus, one of the most hated men in his city, just wanted to see Him. “He was trying to see who Jesus was, but, being a short man, he couldn’t because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus, who was about to pass that way.” (Luke 19:3-4) There is this image of Zaccheus trying to work his way through the crowd. Because he was the tax collector, no one would help him. I can imagine him in back of the crowd jumping up, hoping to catch a glimpse of Jesus. No luck. So he ran ahead of the crowd, climbed a tree before the crowds could stop him and waited just to see Jesus. Jesus saw him there and invited Himself to dinner with Zaccheus. I’m sure that many in the crowd had offered Jesus dinner. The rich and powerful always sought to be seen with the latest teacher and Jesus was obviously popular. They all wanted the honor of having Jesus stay with them. Jesus choose the man who needed Him most and worked the hardest just for a glimpse. The life of Zaccheus changed that day because he climbed a tree to see Jesus. Forget Klondike Bars, what would you do to see Jesus in your life today?
Lord, help me to see Your presence each and every day. I don’t need to climb a tree to see you working. I can read Your word; I can talk with You in prayer; and I can see You at work in this world. Guide me to recognize Your presence in all I do.