Wednesday, October 24, 2018

HUMILITY: Make Haste, Come Down!

I love when God gives fresh, illuminating revelation of His word!

As I was reading my devotional on YouVersion, the corresponding Scriptures to this day's devotional reading took me to Luke 19.  Here we find a well-known story about a rich, chief tax collector named Zacchaeus, and his encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ.

A man of such high caliber, it would seem like brother Zacchaeus had it "all together."  Nevertheless, apparently there was, something lacking, if you will.  My pastor often says that she believes that God placed a "hole in our soul" -- a void that only He can fill. Many seek tangible things and people to fill that void: money, high socioeconomic status, business/career, sex, drugs, food, etc. that may provide temporary fulfillment or relief.  After the ecstasy has waned, the high has dissipated and the food has gone through the process of digestion and elimination, you still have LIFE and all of the issues therein.  Only God can fill that hole in your soul and give you the peace, everlasting love and pure joy that we all long for.  One of the steps to receiving such peace and joy is by HUMBLING OURSELVES before His majesty.

Zacchaeus was short in stature, according to Luke 19:3.  Due to such restriction,  Jesus, who was among the press of people could not be seen by Zacchaeus from ground view. Therefore, Zacchaeus took the aerial view and climbed a sycomore tree in order to see Jesus.

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
Luke 19:5-6

So many nuggets lie within this passage of Scripture; however, the one verse that slapped me and hence, birthed this blog post, was verse five.  Jesus called up to Zacchaeus saying, "make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house."

That day was the acceptable day of salvation for brother Zacchaeus.  Although Jesus may have been talking about his physical house or dwelling place, I believe that Jesus was also referring to his HOUSE-Zacchaeus' heart, his life.  He wanted to abide with him and in him (Luke 19:9-10; John 15).
Before he told him that he needed to abide at his house, he commanded him to make haste and come down. Yes, Zacchaeus was physically up high in a tree, however Jesus' command may have been two-fold.  Jesus wanted Zacchaeus to come down from the tree and COME DOWN- get off his
"high horse." Come down and humble yourself before the mighty hand of God, and do not be slow about doing so.  

Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines humble as, "not proud: not thinking of yourself as better than other people; given or said in a way that shows you do not think you are better than other people; not haughty, not arrogant."  Although there is no biblical support to show that Zacchaeus was arrogant, the Bible declares that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. (Mark 10:25)  Zacchaeus was rich and the chief (not A chief, but THE chief) among publicans (tax collectors). As human beings, it is very easy to get caught up in the hype of success. If it's not managed carefully, pride can sneak in and set your course on a sudden tidal wave to destruction. We can hypothesize and say that brother Zacchaeus may have battled with pride (we all have in some form), being a man of high socioeconomic class; however his heart was tender before Jesus, and Jesus recognized it. 

I ate my slice of "humble pie" when I was laid off work back in 2009.  The Lord revealed to me overtime that I had some pride issues when I was working for the County. To date, that was the best job I've had from a financial standpoint. The job provided opportunity to grow and embrace promotion. More than likely I would've still been there if I wasn't laid off. Lord only knows where I would be now; nevertheless, I had to "make haste and come down" so Jesus could abide at my house. Although I was saved and lived a righteous life to the best of my God-given ability,
I needed a true heart check.  God checked me, took me through a season of dying to myself and learning Him as my true Source.  The job became my pride, my joy and my source. 
God knocked me out of my "sycomore tree," and I fell straight to my knees. And that, was grace.

2 Chronicles 7:14 says If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

There is a process to capturing the attention of God, and it requires HUMILITY.  It is much better for you to humble yourself and not let God do the humbling FOR YOU.  Pride and a proud look are deplorable in the eyes of God.  Prides goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. A proud look is an abomination. (Proverbs 16:18; Proverbs 6:17)  True humility is a key-vital component to living a righteous life, pleasing before God.  

If you struggle with humility, it's okay.  You are not alone.  Pray, and ask the Father through Jesus Christ, to help you to humble yourself.  Ask Him to remove every prick that's hindering you from growing to greater.  And begin to thank Him for cleansing your mind and your heart. 

I pray you were inspired, for it is truly my "Desire to INSPIRE"...


Scripture references: Luke 19, Proverbs 6, Proverbs 16

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