Not Lost in the Crowd
Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus,
hurry and come down, because 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 lives exactly 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.
—Experiencing God Day by Day