Our scripture this week is Luke 19:1-10.
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 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 to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
We often hear stories of people coming to Jesus for healing – lepers, the blind, the crippled all received healing mercy from Him. So why does Zacchaeus run ahead and climb a tree to see the Lord? The scripture tells us “he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy”.
Physical infirmity is not our only weakness. Zacchaeus suffered in spirit. He may not have even recognized it until Jesus came to Jericho, and he suddenly felt the need to see Him. Something inside led him to seek the healing only Jesus can give.
While we may be comfortable and happy with our circumstances, we always have a need for the presence of the Lord in our lives. We must constantly strive to make room for His love and peace in us that we may share His gift with others. Take time to be with Jesus that you may be made whole.
Loving Lord, we are often busy and satisfied with our worldly activity and possessions. Help us to see there is more than this, that a life in You leads us to true abundance. Amen.