Bible Study and Teaching

Little People, Big God

Little-People-Big-God672x345Then 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.

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Instant Gratification

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“Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Tim 4:2).

I grew up watching a space-age cartoon show called The Jetsons. Futuristic meal prep fascinated me because it provided instant gratification. Push a button or swallow a pill and dinner was ready. Do you remember Tang? Wow! Orange juice didn’t come from an orange, a bottle, or a frozen can. Just add water to the powdery mix and, voila, a nourishing beverage. Even the Gemini astronauts took Tang to the moon. It wasn’t long before we had instant coffee and instant breakfast.

It made me think about the Christian life. Paul told Timothy that Christians must be ready to provide spiritual fruit in or out of season. Believers’ lives must be ever fruitful whether we’re at church, at home, in our cars, or at the market. The spirit provides us with “instant fruit” as the need arises.

This week I went to lunch with a friend in between morning and evening Bible Study. As we pulled into the pizzeria, I noticed two small children strapped into the backseat of a dirty, late model car. A loaf of bread rested between them. Immediately God tugged on my heart. In the front seat, Mom stared blankly into the distance. Dad stood with the door ajar perusing the automobile owner’s manual. Again, God prompted me to recognize a need.

I asked, “Are you okay? Do you need anything?” Not like I could help. I’m not a mechanic. The father replied, “No thanks, we’re okay.”

I caught up to my friend and ordered lunch. But God’s spirit persisted. You need to help them!

I asked the cashier if I could get cash back with my debit card. She said, “No.”

I asked, “Can you make an exception?”

Again, she said, “No.”

Then my friend offered, “How about a gift card?” After purchasing a card, I ran to the parking lot with my meager offering just as their car began pulling away. Into the open car window I yelled, “Hey, I know this sounds crazy, but God told me to help you.”

I handed them the card and said, “I don’t think you need pizza, but I wanted you to know that God loves you. I wish I could do more.”

Dad answered, “We’re here from Gallup for the day. Our son has been in pain. He was just diagnosed with childhood Diabetes.” With that Mom sobbed out loud.

I asked, “Can I pray for you?” They all answered, “YES!”

So, right there in the parking lot, God poured out His refreshing Living Water. We held hands. We prayed. We hugged. And as they left, I knew that God longed to touch them. But He used my hands and prayers to do so. Instant gratification!

Check out Inspired Women Magazine to see an article featuring a portion of Lenya’s book “Holy Moments”. If you haven’t ever thought about God’s fingerprints in your life, grab Lenya’s book and learn how to spot these “holy moments.”