The story of Zacchaeus and the sycamore tree always amuses me. Perhaps because I can relate to him. Being short myself, I would probably do the same – climb up a tree so I could get a glimpse of Jesus. In fact, I might also just be satisfied seeing Him from afar.
I was like Zacchaeus when the Lord called me from my Sycamore tree. I knew about Him, having studied in a private Catholic school from elementary to high school. I knew Jesus as the Son of God and Savior of the world. I was content knowing him just as that – I was content seeing Him from afar. But like Zacchaeus, God called me to come down from my tree so I could experience Him and have fellowship with Him – to know that He is not just the Savior of the world, but MY personal savior, too.
What’s your Sycamore tree?
Perhaps you are just content with doing acts of kindness, or with just going to church on Sundays, but have never experienced Jesus in a personal way? Listen closely, God might be calling you to come down from that tree to have fellowship with Him. As the Scriptures tell us in Luke 19: 5-6, “When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. ‘Zacchaeus!’ he said. ‘Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.’ Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house ‘in great excitement and joy’.”
Don’t get stuck holding on to that tree. Climb down so that you too can experience that great excitement and joy of dining and fellowshipping with Jesus Christ. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
Written by Lulette Gehron (Andy’s wife), 2008