This is part of a series called “Devotionals.”
“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.’“ (Luke 19:5).
If I had to travel for thousands of miles – through oceans, continents, countries, terrains, dangers, hunger, and loneliness…or if I had to meet a 100-point check list of perfection consistently to obtain enlightenment or salvation, I’d be totally screwed. If I was only going to be able to enjoy a relationship with Jesus by merit, I would give up right now, because my brokenness would never allow me to get there.
Good thing that Jesus loves me and doesn’t care about those rituals and unattainable requirements.
Just like the story above – where Zacchaeus was short and didn’t have a respectable position in society; and the famous parable of the Prodigal Son – all you need to do is to decide to let not the past define you, swallow your pride, stop relying on your own power, and seek Him.
Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus so bad that his physical stature and seemingly shameful job didn’t matter anymore, and he climbed a tree where he could be seen by the Son of God – where he was. In the story of the Prodigal Son, the main character pursued all types of hedonism and later realized that all of his “pleasures of the flesh” were unsustainable, unfulfilling, unmeaningful. He gave that life up to return home to his father, who didn’t want for him to come all the way home, but he ran and met him on the road – where he was..
I am so relieved to know that I don’t need to become a priest or pastor; or be a certain standard of righteousness. I could be in the worst possible shape ever, and Jesus will still meet me where I am – to help me turn things around, give my life meaning, and secure my place forever.
What an amazing God, and an amazing example of love and grace to follow and pass along.