When Jesus is passing by, He stops and steps into the lives of those who are looking for Him. He did this with a Jewish tax collector named Zacchaeus. I call it a “Zacchaeus moment.”
In this post, I’m sharing portions of his story and some incredible truths about how you can have a Zacchaeus moment, too.
How a Zacchaeus Moment Begins
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. Luke 19:1-4 ESV
Zacchaeus wanted to “see who Jesus was” (verse 3). That reveals his heart. He didn’t want to take anyone else’s description of Jesus as passing conversation. No, he wanted to see Him with his own two eyes, so he was seeking Him out.
Being height challenged he climbed a tree to see over the crowd. I admire that about him. He had a problem and rose to the challenge (pun intended).
Isn’t that how it is sometimes? I know I can come to Jesus at any time; I know He’s near. But there’s often a hindrance—a crowd, an obligation, a commitment—that will either take or need my attention.
It was an unusual practice for a tax collector to climb a tree. The thing is, Zacchaeus needed a personal touch. He needed to be where he could see Jesus without interference.
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My Zacchaeus Moment
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. Luke 19:5-6 ESV
Even when you spend time with Jesus, you can’t always linger when it’s time to move on to other responsibilities.