TUESDAY, JANUARY 5
“When Jesus came by, He looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. ‘Zacchaeus!’ He said. ‘Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.’”
Luke 19:5 (NLT)
WHAT NOW? KEEP SHOWING PEOPLE THAT WE CARE
A survey asked readers to reflect on the following questions: 1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world; 2. Name the last five Heisman trophy winners; 3. Name the last five winners of the Miss America contest; 4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize; 5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor and actress; 6. Name the last 10 World Series winners? As you reflect on these six questions you quickly realize that very few people would know the answer to even one of them.
The survey follows with another set of questions: 1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school; 2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time; 3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile; 4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and special; 5. Think of five people you enjoy spending time with; 6. Name six heroes whose stories have inspired you?
The point of the survey was this: “The people who have made a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones that care.” They are the ones who have been involved in your life.( Jim Kane)
Zacchaeus was a short man and climbed a tree to see Jesus. Zaccheaus wanted to know Jesus and my guess is he wanted to know how He felt about short people like himself. We can learn how God feels about all of us who have shortcomings. Not only was he vertically challenged He was spiritually challenged.
Our community needs to know that God cares about them. And God has chosen us in 2021 to show them that He cares and that we care. What are some of the challenges people in our community face that make them feel less worthy of God’s love? Who are the people in your life that you think need to know someone cares? Ask God for an open door to show them you care.