2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
I am doing a Bible study with the Middle Schoolers, and the title will be “It’s Personal.” I think I am getting more out of it than the group is. Praying they will! To think Jesus knows me by name is an amazing thought to me! I know HE is there and I can come to HIM anytime, but to see me personally over the crowd, WOW! What a comforting thought to have? I need to have a drive like Zacchaeus had, to climb a sycamore tree, to see what this man Jesus was all about.
We already have someone in our life who knows us in a personal way. Jesus knows every single one of us by name, not because He has to, but because He WANTS to. He WANTS to know us in a real, personal way. Maybe it’s hard for us to believe that Jesus WANTS to know us personally for reasons similar to feeling; He’s too big and important to notice us? We haven’t heard or seen Him? We don’t know much about Him and aren’t sure if He’s real? We feel like He only cares about judging us and making rules? We feel like He wouldn’t want to be close to us if He knew who we really are and the decisions we’ve made? No matter what we think or feel about Him, Jesus knows our name because to Him, it’s personal.
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’” (Matthew 22:37-39 NIV).
I challenge you to climb that sycamore tree to see what Jesus has in store for you. God wants us to have a personal relationship with him and wants us to serve our neighbors with all the love and gifts HE gives us. So let us do this, let us take the climb.