Wednesday, July 17
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.”
But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Have you ever paid attention to fact that Jesus, in today’s text, didn’t climb up into the tree with Zacchaeus? Have you ever wondered why? After all, Jesus never had a problem reaching out, or going to those who were in need of Him. But, in this case, He called Zacchaeus down. You see, Zacchaeus, had positioned himself in a place where he could look down upon the crowd. According to previous verses, he was short and in all likelihood felt like he had the right to place himself in a position over those who he felt were a hinderance to him. In other words, he exalted himself. Rather than humbling himself and trying to get to Jesus as the others did he perched himself over everyone else. This is why Jesus called him down. You see, as long as you view yourself as deserving of anything, you put yourself in the place where the Lord belongs in your life. But, if you’ll humble yourself and understand that He owes you nothing and everything in His Kingdom has been afforded you by grace, you can receive His blessings in abundance. It’s always more pleasant when you choose to humble yourself, rather than having to be humbled. Jesus told Zacchaeus to come down, He didn’t commend him for climbing up. As a believer, it’s easy to fall into the mindset of entitlement and get angry because all you begin to focus on is what it appears others are being blessed with that you’re not. Today, ask the holy Spirit to help you search your heart and reveal any prideful, and entitled areas. By doing so those areas will be flooded with His grace and mercy once again. – Love and Blessings, Pastor Jeff
Super Sunday, August 25th, will be here before you know it! Super Sunday is a day on which we gather our entire family together into one amazing, life-changing, service. We rent out the Hopkins County Civic Center and the High School Auditorium and enjoy a day of celebration as one big family. You don’t want to miss the inspiring worship, the impactful message, or any of the food, games and fun. One great day, one amazing service, and lot’s of food, fun and fellowship. Mark you calendar for Super Sunday now.