Climb The Tree
The political, economic and social terrain of the world is littered with broken and battered lives. The few that are wise have picked up themselves from the dustbins of the world system in search of Who this Jesus Christ is and what He is saying at these times. The Bible tells us in 1John 2:17 “...And the world passes away and disappears, and with it the forbidden cravings (the passionate desires, the lust) of it; but he who does the will of God and carries out His purposes in His life abides (remains) forever.” (AMP) Even the world’s scientists know that this present world with all its fads is passing away and have started advising people to store food in preparation for Doom’s Day! If the world knows and understands that a day is coming when this world as is presently known and seen will pass away, howbeit that many sons of the Kingdom are at a loss as to what to do? This is not the time to hype certain areas of the Scriptures to the detriment of others. This is the time to take the whole of Scripture in its entirety and work/walk in. In 2Timothy 3:16-17 – “Every Scripture is God –breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error and discipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose and action), so that the man of God may be complete and proficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (AMP) If we fail in this, the truth is we will not be fully equipped for all that we have been called to do. A Tax Collector named Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10 had an encounter with Christ and never remained the same again. He was described as a wealthy and short man. On a humorous note, I would have thought that he would have used his wealth to gain more height or pay people that will carry him on their shoulders so he could see whatever he wanted to see. Seriously, the Bible states that he desired to see Jesus; he must have heard lots of stories about the Lord and he wanted to see Him for himself unfortunately he was a short man. Friend the days of men telling us ‘about’ Jesus Christ has passed. This is the time we must search Him out for ourselves. No matter what your constraints are, like Zacchaeus we must not let them deter us. Like him, we must look for a tree that rises above flesh and its desires in order to gaze with clear vision at the Master. Enough of teachings that tell men ‘once saved forever saved’ such that they can live their lives to please themselves as this brings ‘pleasure to the Lord’! Except we climb the sycamore tree of study and prayers we will only see what the man in front of us lets us see. The Bible says when Jesus got to the place where the tree was He looked up (I can imagine the joy, love and laughter on the face of the Master) and invited him to come down as He was going to stay in his house. Friend, when we diligently seek the Master, He will meet us at the point/place of our need. Remember that the passage opened with Jesus intending to pass through, but when He saw the hunger in the heart of one man, He decided to stay. It is time to make every effort to climb the tree so the Lord can come and stay with us so we can serve Him acceptably!