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The Personal Encounter

Sep 28, 2017 | Podcast, Worship

Luke 19:5

When Jesus came by, He looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” He said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.”

We’ve been studying the story of Zacchaeus. The Bible says he was a rich man who had a desire to see Jesus. To fulfill his desire, Zacchaeus ran ahead and climbed a tree to see Jesus as He passed that way.

Zacchaeus was not sitting on the tree calling out for attention. But God saw the desire he carried and the effort he put into seeing that desire being accomplished.

God also saw his weaknesses and challenges. He was a rich tax collector which meant he made money in unwise and wrong ways. Even though that is not pure and holy in God’s standards, God did not let that stand in the way of Him accepting Zacchaeus’s love. There were so many things that could have disqualified him from loving God, but he still loved God.

When you love God, God will go out of the way to receive your love and your affection for Him. Jesus did not call out all the people in the crowd by their name. He called only Zacchaeus. He noticed Zacchaeus went to the extent of running ahead and climbing a tree, laying down his pride and ego, all to get one look at Jesus.

When you do that, Heaven notices it. God cares about every little sacrifice you make in your walk with God. Zacchaeus desired to have a glimpse of Jesus but Jesus rewarded his desire with a personal private time in his home. When you run ahead after Jesus, He will invite Himself into every area of your life.

You may have a genuine hungry desire in your heart for Jesus. God wants to fulfill your desire more than you imagine. As you give your life to Him, may you have seasons of divine encounter and divine intimacy. More than a glimpse, may you have a very personal relationship where there is exchange of character, a real communal relationship between you and Jesus. God’s plan for you will never fail.

Go that extra mile, run ahead a little longer than you would normally and wait for God to reveal Himself to you.

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