Saturday, July 20
So he [Zacchaeus] ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.
Have you ever looked at this account from Jesus perspective? Many times when people read about the encounters that Jesus had with people they put themselves in the position of the recipient. There’s nothing wrong with that if that’s where you’re at in life but eventually Jesus expects those who follow to become the one’s doing the delivering not just the receiving. So, put yourself in Jesus’ place just for a moment. You are on your way to Jerusalem where you are about to be betrayed and turned over for crucifixion. Within a week’s time, you will be hung on a cross, or as the Old Testament calls it, ‘a tree’. As you look, you notice Zacchaeus, who has climbed up a tree in an effort to stay ahead of everyone else. You know his heart and thoughts immediately and feel drawn by compassion to address him. All the while, you see a foreshadowing of what you, yourself are about to experience. There is stark difference however. Zacchaeus climbed his tree out of comparison, while you are about to climb yours out of compassion. You see, Zacchaeus climbed his tree in an effort to be at the head of the crowd while Jesus climbed His for the crowd. As a Christian, Jesus expects you to come to a place of maturity where you operate out of His love and compassion and move beyond the place of comparison and competition. Who could you reach, what good could you do, how great and impactful of a life could you live if you let His compassion be what motivates and inspires your life. The possibilities are endless. – 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.