Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature. So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house” (Luke 19:1-5).
Imagine if Jesus visited your hometown. What price would you pay to see Him? Would you…
…rise early or stay up late?
…stand in long lines for hours?
…fight enthusiastic crowds?
…sit in the cheap seats?
…risk public disapproval?
…suffer hunger or discomfort?
…walk a long distant?
…lose a day’s wage?
My heart cries a resounding, YES! But my flesh fights. Deep inside I hedge. Perhaps I’d turn off the alarm to get a few extra winks. The long lines and crowded streets might discourage me. And if the throng disliked me, I’d shrink back. Let’s face it, Jesus offers to meet us daily. But do we make the appointment? Or do we allow hurdles to hinder us? Zacchaeus, an unbelieving Gentile, overcame all obstacles to get a glimpse of the Savior. His zeal makes me jealous.
Thankfully, Jesus understood that, “The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). Several saints faced this struggle. The Lord warned Peter that haters would make him a traitor. David, the man after God’s heart, lamented over his fragile humanity. Paul admitted, “I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find”(Romans 8:18).
The solution to conquer our bothersome bodies? The Spirit of God! The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead breathes resurrection life into your soul. (See Romans 8:11). Without God we accomplish nothing. But with Him, all things are possible.