Climbing Trees for Christ

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Would you climb a tree for Jesus? Just how high would you climb? If you’re as short as Zaccheus was, you wouldn’t hesitate to climb a tree if Jesus came to town. When Jesus went to Jericho, Zaccheus, the wealthy highest up tax collector, was too short to see Jesus in the great crowd. So he got creative, and ambitious, and desperate. He climbed a tree. Guess what Jesus did.

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As though Jesus didn’t have a zillion people to preach to, teach, heal, whatever He might choose to do on that given day, He looked right up into that tree at Zaccheus and told him to climb back down and take Him home to stay with him. Zaccheus was a man on a mission when it came to Jesus, and he was willing to stand out from the crowd for the sake of seeing Jesus.

End result? Zaccheus and his household were saved. And it all began with a heart so desperately desirous to see Jesus that the man would go to the lengths of climbing a tree.

How desperate are you for Jesus? Would you climb a tree? What lengths will you go to in order to be in the presence of the Lord? Instead of being desperate for the things and people of this world, be desperate for the Lord. Desperate enough to climb a tree. Desperate enough to do whatever the Lord desires. Be a tree climber for Jesus. Be willing to stand out from the crowd. Go to whatever lengths it takes to see, and know, and experience, the Lord.

He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 4So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.

 5And 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.” 6So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 7And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”

 8And 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.” 9And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” LUKE 19:1-10 ESV

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