Not Lost in the Crowd
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 19:5)
In our large world it’s easy to feel that we are
nothing more than an insignificant speck in the midst of a multitude. Our world
tends to depersonalize us, seeking to make us like everyone else, but God loves
us in specific ways that are particular to us.
Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to fulfill His
assignment on the cross. The multitudes thronged around Him in such numbers
that the diminutive Zacchaeus could not see Jesus unless he climbed a tree.
Zacchaeus would have been satisfied simply to catch a glimpse of the great
Teacher. But Jesus stopped, turned, and looked directly at him! In that moment,
Zacchaeus was oblivious to the crowd around him. Thus began a special time with
Jesus that radically changed his life.
Jesus will relate to you in ways that are unique to
you. He knows your past; He knows what you will face in the future. Because He
knows everything about you, His word to you will perfectly fit the
circumstances of your life. You may be in a group of Christians who are
listening to God’s Word, and you may hear things from Him that no one else
hears. Don’t become frustrated with others if they are not as excited about a
truth from God as you are. Don’t be impatient with them if they are not
implementing God’s word in their actly as you are. God will personalize His
word to you. He will relate to each of your friends in a way that specifically
meets their needs as well.