At that time, Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was; but he could not see him because of the crowd, for he was short in stature. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus, who was about to pass that way. When he reached the place, Jesus looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly, for today I must stay at your house.” And he came down quickly and received him with joy. When they all saw this, they began to grumble, saying, “He has gone to stay at the house of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood there and said to the Lord, “Behold, half of my possessions, Lord, I shall give to the poor, and if I have extorted anything from anyone I shall repay it four times over.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house because this man too is a descendant of Abraham. For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save what was lost.”
Do you ever feel “small in stature”? Like the challenges of life are just too big for us to take on? That we’re just not big enough to play in “that” sport, associate with “that” group, work at “that” company, take on “that” bully, etc. At times, we live in a “that” kind of mentality – I can’t do “that”, I can’t be “that”, I’m too stupid for “that”, and on and on… Our perspectives on ourselves can sometimes ignore the Resurrection Power living inside of us; especially when we focus too much on the “that’s” in our lives – but, this isn’t Jesus’ perspective of us. You see, Jesus sees the size of our hearts and our Faith, and, like He tells us that, with Faith, we can move the “that’s” in our lives (including mountains, trees, etc.). If you don’t believe me, believe Him – He saw this in Zacchaeus as a maligned tax collector, in David as a lowly shepherd boy, in Moses as a self-exiled Jew (with a major fear of public speaking), in St. Paul as a staunch enemy, and He sees it in us. So, let’s be sure to Trust in Jesus and give the “that’s” in our lives to Him. For He knows our hearts better than we do and it’s through His Eternal Strength that we can be a part of His salvation story, too.