1 Samuel 10,11,12; Luke 19:1-27

Whenever I thought of this little man up in a tree, I focused on hospitality; on Jesus knowing his name; Jesus saying he would be a guest at Zacchaeus’s house; and Zacchaeus hurrying off with great excitement and joy to make preparations. This is a beautiful picture to me. I think it’s because I connect to joy and excitement at serving guests at my house.

Today I looked a little closer at the details, and I saw new things: Zacchaeus was a tax collector (a loathsome job); he was very rich; and when the crowd following Jesus heard the dialogue, they were displeased and grumbled, “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner.”

Jesus came to seek and save the lost. I don’t know who was in the room when Zacchaeus told Jesus he wanted make right his wrongs. Maybe it was a private conversation. When no one else was able to hear this man’s heart, Jesus did. Sweet Jesus knew this man’s name and knew his heart. And this, too, is a beautiful picture (and I’m not sure if it’s in spite of or because of a few ugly smears–not those of profession, status, or the man’s sin, but the rejection, mumbling and judgment of the followers).

At that time the Spirit of the Lord will come powerfully upon you, and you will prophesy with them. You will be changed into a different person. After these signs take place, do what must be done, for God is with you.  1 Samuel 10:6-7 NLT, emphasis mine.

Lord, I am so very grateful that you look deeply into our hearts. The world can sometimes beat down with labels and condemnation, but your words encourage, lift up and assure that yours is the only opinion that matters. In the quiet or in the crowd, let yours be the voice I hear. Thank you that you know my name and my heart. Thank you that you change me from the inside out.

Courtney (66books365)




Filed under 1 Samuel, 66 Books, Bible in a year reading plan, Luke, New Testament, Old Testament

4 responses to “1 Samuel 10,11,12; Luke 19:1-27

  1. Courtney, I’ve been a guest in your house, and you truly do have the gift of hospitality. What was most evident was the joy you have in receiving the many personalities, expectations, and opinions of such a lively crew. Yet what struck me more than the gracious host that you are, is the way you drew us to our purpose for being with you. Your open home and heart was meant to lift our eyes to God and commit to knowing Him more intimately. Thank you for using your gift, like Zaccheus, to draw others into the presence of Christ, and for being lead by the Spirit in encouraging us to personal growth in His word.

  2. amyctanner

    Sometimes I lose sight of the purpose of having guests over to my house. That it is more about them and relationship than it is about how big or clean my house is.
    I am thankful that Jesus knows my name and my heart, pursues me and “gets me” when I feel like no one else does.

  3. Aww, Janet. That was so kind of you to say. I really feel like it’s a joy and honor. Life takes on much deeper meaning when we realize how God has us wired.

    Amy: lately, I feel like I keep reading or hearing messages about God knowing our hearts. And I find more and more evidence in the world around me how others tend to judge on things not of the heart. It’s been a huge comfort (HUGE) that Jesus gets me, especially when others don’t. THANK YOU, GOD!

  4. “In the quiet or in the crowd, let yours be the voice I hear.” Like everyone else, I have hundreds of conversations throughout the week. By the time the end of the week comes around, my brain is sorting thru so many of them and I pray that I hear what God wants me to hear as well as that I become a better listener. I am learning more and more what a gift it is to be able to truly listen to someone else vrs being so quick to speak. I love to talk :).

    On another note, Zaccheaus is probably one of my alltime favorite characters in the Bible. I love how he totally dumps his pride for what’s really important.

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