A few weeks ago, my grandchildren learned about Zacchaeus in children’s class at church. As they told me the story, childhood memories flooded back. I started to sing to them the song about Zacchaeus.
And as the Savior passed that way
He looked up in the tree and he said,
Zacchaeus you come down, For I’m going to your house today!
For I’m going to your house today!
Zacchaeus was a wee little man,
But a happy man was he,
For he had seen the Lord that day
And a happy man was he;
And a very happy man was he.
They were excited that I knew the song from thier class. In addition to tye story and song, they colored pictures that had Jesus, the tree and Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was attached to a string so that he could come down to Jesus as they told the story.
For some reason, my granddaughter’ s picture ended up in the front seat of my truck. As I drove to work this morning, I felt the still small voice saying “Come down.”
Zacchaeus had initially been content to just get a view of Jesus. He climbed up in the tree because He wanted to see Jesus. He never expected to encounter Him, to interact with Jesus. He was just going to be a casual observer.
Lately that has been what’s on my heart. That so many Christians, at times myself included, that are content to just observe the move of God around them. For whatever reason we are content to sit on the sidelines, instead of pressing in, seeking Him for ourselves, and encountering Him.
Jesus all the while beckons us to come down. He desires to have fellowship and intimacy with us. He is not content with a sideline observer. He wants obedience born out of true relationship with Him.
Come down, and stop making excuses.
Come down, and stop resisting My desire to use you.
Come down, and allow Me to reveal things to you.
Come down, and let me deal with the hidden issues in your life.
Come down and connect with Me so I can teach you to connect with others.
Come down so I can fellowship with you.
Come down so I can purify your life.
Just come down.