He’ll Meet You Where You Are
By Felicia McKnight
In Luke 19:1-10 we have the story of Zaccheus, the Chief Tax Collector. In modern day times he is what we refer to as the IRS (no offense to any of our wonderful Government employees). Zaccheus was known for being a selfish, money lover. He was judged by his character and actions, and he was not liked by anyone.
“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.” (Luke 19:3-4)
Jesus just so happen to be in the town of Jericho (verse 1) and Zaccheus wanted to see Jesus preach. Scripture tells us that he was short. I can testify for the short people today that if you are in crowds and anywhere but in the front of the crowd, then you are unable to see what is going on. If anyone has ever been with me in this situation they know I am notorious for aggressively bombarding my way to the front as I am determined this short lady will see. I’ve just never been bold enough to climb up a tree. *wink* I am sure this was the case for Zaccheus. He was so determined to see Jesus that he climbed up a sycamore-fig tree. Scripture doesn’t tell us what led Zaccheus, the evil one, to become so desperate to see Jesus.
There comes a time in all of our lives where we are living in sin and living outside of the will of God. Living out of the will of God is an unfulfilling place. Even as a saved individual who has had seasons of going astray outside of God’s will is not the ideal place to be. It can become a place of confusion, turmoil, and discontentment. Look at the prodigal son in Luke 15. This parable teaches us of someone who got outside of God’s will. It took for the Prodigal son to hit rock bottom before He realized everything He needed was in his Father’s house and everything he needed to satisfy him and sustain Him God had, but He just needed to return to God. I encourage you to go back and read my previous Feevotional about the Prodigal Son, “A Return to Destiny”. Perhaps Zaccheus was beginning to have that feeling of un-fulfillment and discontentment so his curiosity led him to see what this Jesus man was all about.
“When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zaccheus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.”” (Luke 19:5-7)
Zaccheus received a life changing surprise during his time of desperation. Jesus noticed Zaccheus and told him he needed to stay at his house. Scripture doesn’t tell us what happened at Zaccheus’s house. We don’t know what conversation they had. All we know is after Jesus visit with Zaccheus he became a transformed man. The people were extremely judgmental of Jesus decision to talk to Zaccheus . How often have we found ourselves to be judgmental towards others? We don’t talk to them, we stare at them, and sometimes we don’t even think they belong inside of the church because of their lifestyle, their sin, the way they dress, the way they look, their past. The reality is we ALL belong in the church. It’s a place that is supposed to save sinners, so how does a sinner get saved if they can’t even come to church because they are judged?
Fortunately Jesus knows how judgmental Christians can be. We are all sinners saved by grace. When Jesus wanted to witness to Zaccheus he extended grace by dealing with him in private instead of in front of the judgmental church folk. This is an important lesson for us all to know. No matter who we are, what bad thing we have done, what sin we are living in right now, God loves us and will meet us exactly where we are at. If you are a criminal, an ex-con, a liar, a thief, a fornicator, an adulterer, a drug dealer, a drug user, an angry person, a depressed person, a woman who had an abortion, an alcoholic, gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, whoever you are or whatever you have done or currently done….IT DOES NOT MATTER TO GOD! He sent His son on the cross to die for all of our sins. He desires all of us to accept Christ as our Lord and savior. Regardless of what category you fit in God will meet you where you are to win you over into the kingdom. He is not a judgmental God, but a loving God. He loves you so much that He will meet you where you are, but He won’t leave you where you are. Clearly this is what He did with Zaccheus . He met Zaccheus where He was but He didn’t leave him in the state he was in. Obviously whatever happened behind the scenes worked!
But Zaccheus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” (Luke 19:8)
Zaccheus turned from His evil ways to God’s righteous ways. Are you in a place in life right now where you feel like things surely have to be better than the lifestyles and behaviors that you may currently be a part of that do not line up with the word of God? Have you seen people in your situation try Jesus and life changed for the better? Do you have that curiosity to see what this Jesus lifestyle is all about? If you are currently a Christian that has gone astray and you are reading this right now God has met you where you are. Seek Him just as Zaccheus did. Just as Jesus told Zaccheus he needed to go to his house today God is saying I need to come to your house and fellowship with you. If you haven’t been to church in a while get up and go to Bible Study tonight or service this Sunday. Open your bible and read it. Talk to him in prayer. He desires to fellowship with you.
“Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:9-10)
To those that don’t know Christ and you are reading this right now, God has met you where you are. He desires you to be a part of his glorious kingdom. Will you receive him today? God desires all of us to live in a place of fellowship with him and to walk righteously with him. Whatever lifestyle or behaviors you are in right now don’t worry about what other judgmental individuals say. Don’t let the words bother you or hinder you. God has the next steps of your life all lined up if you would receive him. The negative, judgmental, words of others are irrelevant. The crowd was upset when Jesus fellowshipped with Zaccheus , but that didn’t hinder Jesus from saving his soul. Regardless of where you are at and what you are doing just know that GOD LOVES YOU NO MATTER WHAT! I ask again, will you receive Him today? Be blessed and encouraged!
Feevotional: A Return To Destiny: https://feevotional.wordpress.com/2013/08/28/a-return-to-destiny/
Heavenly Father, today I lift up all those who don’t know you as their Lord and savior. I also lift up those individuals who know you but have gone back to their old lifestyle and old ways of doing things. I pray today that you would meet them where they are and draw them back to your loving arms and into your kingdom. I pray they will all know you as I have grown to know you. I pray they all will know that life is better and sweeter when we do things your way. In Jesus Name. Amen
If you want to Receive Christ today pray the following prayer or one similar with a sincere heart:
Dear Lord Jesus,
I know I have sinned against you and stand in judgment. I need your forgiveness, I need Jesus. I know Jesus can be my Savior. I repent and turn from sin today. I turn back to You and right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved. I put my trust and hope in Jesus Christ and accept the free gift of salvation you have provided in Him. Transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself. Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.
If you just prayed this prayer with sincerity, then you are now saved and are born again. CONGRATULATIONS and welcome to the Kingdom of God!!!!
For more information on your new decision visit: https://feevotional.wordpress.com/salvation-prayer/