“He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree…” Luke 19:3-4
Zacchaeus met Jesus. He was so eager to see Jesus that he climbed up into a tree in order to watch as Jesus passed by.
We aren’t told what Zacchaeus was feeling that made him so eager to meet Jesus. We do know that he was a tax collector who had gotten rich by cheating people out of their money. Perhaps he realized that was not the best life he could be living, and he was looking for someone to show him a better way. Or perhaps he was just curious about Jesus because he had heard about all the miracles Jesus had done.
No matter what reason Zacchaeus had for wanting to see Jesus, Jesus took their interaction a step further when he told Zacchaeus that he would come and stay at his house. Even if Zacchaeus didn’t know what he needed, Jesus knew what Zacchaeus needed. And during their time together, Zacchaeus’s life changed. He became a generous person, giving half of his possessions to the poor and paying back the people he had cheated.
Do life circumstances make you feel like you’re up a tree? Or, have you climbed up to see if there’s something else for you? Look around, what do you see? No matter what your reasons are for being curious about Jesus, Jesus gladly seeks out a relationship with you too. He invites himself into your life. And when you open your heart to him, your life will change too.
Lord, open my heart to receive your love. Open my life to receive your power to change me. Make me a person who wants to live God’s way in gratitude for all you have done. Amen.