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<< Tuesday, November 20, 2012 >>
 
Revelation 3:1-6, 14-22
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Psalm 15:2-5 Luke 19:1-10
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MAKE LIKE A TREE

 
"He was trying to see what Jesus was like, but being small of stature, was unable to do so because of the crowd." —Luke 19:3
 

Zacchaeus was small of stature. Many people of all sizes, however, are small-hearted, petty, little people. They have trouble seeing Jesus, for they have trouble seeing beyond themselves.

Zacchaeus was unable to see Jesus because of the crowd (Lk 19:3). Greed, pride, hypocrisy, and lukewarmness (Rv 3:16) can crowd us out of seeing Jesus.

Zacchaeus overcame his smallness and the crowd by climbing a tree (Lk 19:4). Be like a tree upon which people can climb to rise above their smallness and the obstructions of the crowd.

The Lord says we become "like a tree" when we delight "in the law of the Lord" and meditate "on His law day and night" (Ps 1:2, 3). The person who loves and lives God's word is like a tree — the tree of life (see Gn 2:9), the tree that Jesus died on (Acts 13:29).

The poet Joyce Kilmer wrote: "Only God can make a tree." Only God can make us like trees which can give the Zacchaeuses of the world the opportunity to see the Savior. Make "like a tree planted near running water, that yields its fruit in due season" (Ps 1:3).

 
Prayer: Father, may I never be part of the lukewarm crowd (see Rv 3:16) obstructing others from seeing Jesus.
Promise: "The Son of Man has come to search out and save what was lost." —Lk 19:10
Praise: Jesus healed Maria of chronic sinus problems.
 
(Bear fruit by counseling others using the Bible. For encouragement, order our series on Biblical Counseling on audio AV 13A-1, AV 13A-3, AV 13B-1 or video starting with V-13A.)
 
 
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