Luke 19:1-10 “He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4 So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 5 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.” 6 So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 8 And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.””
Here is a question that I keep asking myself…Would I run to Jesus like Zacchaeus did? Would I go out of my way to see Jesus? Would I allow Jesus to stay in my house? Of course we should answer – Yes…yes we would run to Jesus, yes we would go out of our way to see Jesus and yes he could absolutely stay here at my house…Here we are in modern day so I ask, Am I going out of my way to see Jesus, to learn about Jesus? Am I letting Jesus into my home, allowing him to reign over us? I know Jesus is here in our house – though it may not be said boldly or loudly, but he is here. He is waiting patiently as we hand him over bits and pieces, trusting one tiny step at a time…
On the flip side, are we like the crowd grumbling saying “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner?” Are we holding back, staying away from those who sin? Isn’t the sinners who need Jesus, who need to learn about Jesus? Jesus said “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
I would run to Jesus today, but I would be scared. Jesus knows me, he know my thoughts, my actions….my sins!