Here we go...the 3rd part in this short series. We are examining the 3 different stories that all have a common theme of "REACH." If you haven't read the background on this, feel free to catch up here with the intro & the 1st story. The 2nd story is about Zaccheus. If you haven't read about him here's the story below.
So much to unpack here. Zacchaeus was a tax collector. They were viewed in negative way, perceived as greedy, and just bad people. Not only that, the guy was short. He had a few things going against him. But that didn't stop him. Think about it, you're at the SF Giant's parade when they won the World Series, or the Warrior Parade when they won the championships. So many people, you're in the back because you didn't get there at the butt crack of dawn, and you're short like me (I'm 5'2.5" yes the .5 matters). Would you climb a tree to get a glimpse of Steph or Lincecum!?? I definitely wouldn't. What if it was Jesus? How far would you go to just see Him?
This story is so important for a few reasons. It doesn't matter who you are - Jesus wants you. Regardless of your background, your past, your current situation, your look, your failures - HE WANTS YOU - ALL OF YOU! Another lesson in this is - He sees you and is not ashamed of you. Some times we feel like..Yes God loves me - but He secretly He is ashamed of me. That way of thinking is so far from the truth. In the Zacchaeus story - Jesus told everyone that He was going to His house and proud of it! Jesus loves you and wants everyone to know that He does!
Our everyday lives is that evidence! Scream it out on the rooftops, tell everyone that Jesus loves YOU FOR YOU! He sees you and loves everything about you! Don't ever forget that, and don't ever be ashamed of who you are. Keep reaching out to Him in any situation and in any season because He wants to reach back out to you!!! Do you relate to this story? Let me know in the comments below!!