FRIDAY, JANUARY 8
“There was a man there named Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in the region, and he had become very rich. He tried to get a look at Jesus, but he was too short to see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.”
Luke 19:2-4 (NLT)
WHAT NOW? KEEP SEEING PEOPLES’ NEED
In our society we tend to base our self-worth on four things: 1) We judge our worth first by our appearance. “How do I look? The better I look, the more I am worth in people’s eyes.” 2) We judge our worth by our achievement. What have I accomplished? “If I am successful, then they will accept me.” 3) We judge our worth on approval. “How well am I liked? If people like me, I must be okay.” 4) Finally, we judge our worth on our affluence. “Do I have enough toys? If so, people will accept me as their equals.” (This is also known as “keeping up with the Jones”) The problem with these four standards is that none of them are stable and they don’t satisfy in the end.
Zacchaeus was described as “very rich.” He had a lot of the things people think will make them happy. Yet, he “ran” and “tried” to get a look at Jesus. With all that he had something was still missing. God was already at work in Zacchaaus’ heart but you would have never known it at first glance.
We are quick to judge people by appearance sometimes. We think that organized mom has it all together, or that successful business leader has it all together, or that winning coach has it all together. Yet, people all around us are desperately seeking what only Jesus can provide.
1 Samuel 16:7 says, “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” Who around you looks like they have it all together but you think may be really struggling on the inside? Ask God to help you look past the appearance of people and see the needs of their heart.