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It's Too Crowded

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd.  Luke 19: 1-3 NIV

Photo courtesy of pixabay.My three-year-old grandson entertained us at the dinner table, singing a song about Zaccheus. My eyes filled with tears at the sweet sound and over his delight in singing about Jesus going to a “wee little man’s” house.

Sometimes we don’t see Jesus, but it’s not because we are vertically challenged like Zacchaeus. It’s because of the crowd. There’s too much in our way—a to-do list or people making demands on our time. The urgent, the necessary, and the important block our view. Or preoccupation with self or disappointment that things aren’t turning out as we wanted. My focus is on what I wish I had.

Things, attitudes, events, and people crowd Jesus out, no matter how tall we are. We give everything priority except seeing and listening to Him. 

Zacchaeus did everything he could just to see Jesus. Jesus responded by changing Zacchaeus’ life.

We don’t have to climb a tree, but we may have to prioritize our day and change our calendars. We may have to purpose in our heart to pray and read God’s Word to renew our focus. We can share what we have learned and receive encouragement from people who do the same.

When we do, like Zacchaeus, we’ll find the view is awesome. When we see Jesus, change happens.

Ask God for the persistence and passion Zacchaeus had.

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Marilyn Nutter

Marilyn Nutter is the author of three devotional books, and a contributor to compilations and online sites. She serves in women’s ministry at her church and in a new life season following the passing of her husband, serves as a grief support facilitator. She speaks for women’s church and community groups and loves guiding women toward finding extraordinary treasures in every day life. She lives in Greer, SC. View her site, www.marilynnutter.com for inspiration and encouragement. Contact marilynnutter@gmail.com.