When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. (Luke 19:5-6)
Zacchaeus stopped what he was doing, determined to see Jesus, and let nothing stand in his way. He climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus- and when he did Jesus stopped and called Zacchaeus by name. Jesus knew who Zacchaeus was, and called him by name!
Of all the places that Jesus could stay, Jesus chooses to stay with Zacchaeus- a broken man, someone who the locals do not like, no one that would help Jesus’ image. But Jesus isn’t concerned with image- Jesus is concerned with Zacchaeus.
Our past failures never prevent God’s willingness or ability to use us. In fact, our weakness is a great opportunity for the display of His glory. In our own strength, we are totally ineffective. But when we submit to the Lord’s authority, we can experience His victory in whatever He calls us to do. -Dr. Charles Stanley
I don’t need my name in lights, I’m famous in my Father’s eyes. Make no mistake- He knows my name. -Lyrics from Francesca Battistelli