Determined To See

Determined To See

Thursday’s Column: Captain’s Blog

Carl Pollard

In Luke 19 we are introduced to a man named Zacchaeus. He is described as “a chief tax collector and rich” in verse two. This man’s encounter with the Savior changed his life, and his example can change ours as well. Zacchaeus shows incredible determination to meet the Lord. 

Luke 19:4 says, “So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way.” Zacchaeus may have been a tax collector and a dishonest man, but there’s no denying that he had determination. He wanted to know who this Messiah was and he would stop at nothing to see him. He found a way to see above the crowd by climbing a tree. A grown man, a tax collector, climbed up a tree and didn’t even care about what others thought. He wanted to see the Savior so he found a way to do it. 

What excuses do we use today? I would evangelize, but I’m not good with people. 

I would say a prayer or lead a song, but I’m not good at it and there are other people that are better than me. I would read the Bible more, but I just don’t have the time in my busy schedule. We shouldn’t think like this. Instead we should be like Zacchaeus. Have the determination to find a solution. Not making excuses, but doing what needs to be done. Christians would be so strong if we had the determination of Zacchaeus. 

Be determined. Determined to grow in wisdom and knowledge. Determined to bear the fruits of the Spirit. Be determined to spread the gospel with the ones we come in contact with. 

Zacchaeus was vertically challenged, but he was determined to see Jesus and he did just that. 

Sycamore tree entering Jericho (taken by Neal Pollard, 3/11/18)

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