Topic: Come Down! [Wednesday June 21, 2017]
Text: Luke 19:1-10
Key Verse: “And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully” (Luke 19:5,6).
Usually, it is children that do climb up to catch a glimpse of something interesting. Adults hardly climb trees to watch events for the simple fact that they could be made jest of. It is not even common to see short people do so. But on this day, Zacchaeus was determined, no matter the name anybody would call him, to see Jesus in a special way.
It was not just to wave at Jesus, but to make friends with Him. And his effort paid off. Zacchaeus was a rich man of high social status but, smallish in nature. He felt the crowd would pose a hindrance to him because of his short stature. He decided to push beyond his limit by climbing a sycamore tree so that he could see Jesus passing by. Although Zacchaeus saw Jesus from the top of the tree, he could not however, encounter Him from that height. Jesus said to him “Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.” Zacchaeus came down from the height of the sycamore tree to the base of it and entered into a new experience with Jesus.
If you want to be what God has destined you to be; come down from your height with haste! Except you encounter Jesus, your life cannot be meaningful. God is waiting to pick you up at the base. If you decide to remain at your height, Jesus will pass you by. Deep encounters with God belong only to those who are on the ground, and not those who are comfortable on their height. Any Christian or religious experience that does not produce humility in you cannot endure the test of time. Until you fall from your pride, God cannot abide in your life.
Until you come off your high horse, God cannot lift you up into your destiny. God can only bring you into a higher level of living if you are humble.
Thought for the day: Humility is the force that lifts a man from the base of life to the top.
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DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.