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 being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 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. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.'” But Zacchaeus 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.” 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 what was lost.” Luke 19:1-10 (NIV)
Small And Insignificant
I was small and insignificant. I could go unnoticed in a crowd. I could remain nameless and unknown. There was nothing remarkable and outstanding about me. To almost everyone, I could be invisible. That is to everyone, except you. To you I was not small and insignificant. To you, I would never go unnoticed in a crowd. To you, I would never be nameless and unknown. You know everything that there is to know about me. You know me by name. I have never been invisible to you. Not a moment of my life has been unknown and unnoticed by you. Yes, I know everything about you. I know you better than you know yourself. I know your thoughts before you think them. I know your words before you speak. I know your actions before you take them. I know the days of your life before you live them. That is amazing. That is astounding. That is incredible. Why is that? Knowing all you know; you still love and care for me. Knowing all you know; you came into this world to live and die for me. You paid for my sins. You made it so I could be forgiven of all my sins and cleansed of all my unrighteous. You turned my life around. You gave me a completely new life in you. Was I worth it? It is a very good thing that I wasn’t required to answer that question. It is a very good thing that you answered that question for me. You took action. You would not let me go. You pursued me. You sought me out. You adopted me into your family. You made me to be your child. You saved me when I was lost and without hope in the world. Yes, I have done all of these things for you. I have given you a completely new life to live as you love, follow and serve me. Thank you, Lord.
Now there is something I want to do with and for you. What’s that? I know that you are still seeking and saving the lost. Yes, I am. I want to join you in what you are doing. So, it is my hope, my prayer, and my utmost desire that you will use me to be a part of your seeking and saving the lost. Use me to help draw others to you. I am at your service. I am ready for your use. That is very good. You will join me in what I am doing. I will use you to draw others to me. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, you made every effort to seek and save me. Even though, I was small and insignificant, you pursued me. You rescued me from a life without you. You turned my life around. You gave me a new life to live. Use me to be a part of seeking and saving the lost. Amen
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