When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. ‘Zacchaeus!’ he said. Quick, come down! For I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down…” Luke 19:5,6 (NLT) (Underlining is mine.)
Jesus, I am reminded of Psalm 119:59, 60 (ESV)
“When I think on my ways, I turn my feet to your testimonies; I hasten and do not delay to keep your commandments.“ (Underlining is mine.)
I also thought of Mark 1:18 (ESV),”And immediately they left their nets and followed him!” (Underlining is mine.)
DELAYED OBEDIENCE IS REALLY DISOBEDIENCE.
Jesus, help me to continue to follow my value of “Immediately responding to your revealed truth.”
Zacchaeus didn’t think about all the reasons he couldn’t come down right now… he didn’t make excuses like I just sold a piece of land, or I just got married or I need to go and bury my Father, or I’m super busy, try me tomorrow! He just did it! He just responded positively to Jesus’ request.
Jesus, help me, by your graceto just do it!
Thirty years ago, on the first night of a conference I attended, we were asked to make a list of our core values…what was most important to us…what were we willing to fight for or to die for?
I created my list and at the top was this:
“To immediately respond to God’s revealed truth.”
This has never changed and is still at the top of my values list. By His grace, I want to continue to have that mindset of responding quickly to what He makes clear to me; regardless of what it is or how hard it may be; regardless of who delivers the truth and what I may think about them. I want to be like Zacchaeus…quickly responding to Jesus!
Do I do this perfectly? Do I do this all the time? Of course not! But this is the direction I desire to go in order to honor him, as I am empowered by Him!
What has God said to you? What are you waiting for? By His grace, respond…NOW!