Of this I am CERTAIN.
When God is the one writing your story it NEVER ends with ashes.
The author of CREATION is in the business of restoring the wreckage and all that's broken into something beautiful.
He makes ALL things new.
February 24, 2013
It's KINDNESS that Brings Men to their Knees
believe Jesus had his sights set on Zacchaeus all along:)
This man did
not climb the tree because he was too short. While he was a little
man.....and a wee little man was he :p.....I can only imagine that
because the crowds KNEW this man...they knew his character,his
reputation....they pushed him out.
The only eyes that met him were eyes
Not kindness. Not understanding. Not grace. I'm sure he
felt lonely and isolated.No doubt his own sin and choices brought him
to this place but he never found what he needed until NOW. Maybe he was
intimated by Jesus.
But Jesus had an appointment with Zacchaeus that
would change him forever.
We all know the story....he climbed a tree,
just to watch. To SEE Him. There's no way He could talk to Him....Jesus
would never see HIM!!! But when Jesus approached him.....it wasn't about
the money. It wasn't about the sin. He wasn't inviting relationship
with Zacchaeus to bring rebuke,chastisement or to teach a lesson.
WAS ABOUT AN ENCOUNTER WITH THE LOVE AND KINDNESS AND GRACE OF JESUS*
want to have lunch with you. Where YOU live. In YOUR neighborhood. Just
as you are." It is the KINDNESS of the Lord that brings men to their
knees. It is KINDNESS and GRACE and understanding that leads men to
repentance and CHANGE. Romans 2:4 He doesn't ask us to come only once we
have our act together. He LOVES us. In SPITE of us. Just BECAUSE. HE.
IS. LOVE. He KNEW what He was getting into when He approached Zacchaeus.
He KNEW who Zacchaeus was. He still wanted to spend time with Him. Not
to bring condemnation. Just to love on Him. Only JESUS could see where
this LOVE ENCOUNTER was going. It was for the sake of LOVE only that
Jesus invited Zacchaeus into friendship and fellowship with Him. *AS A
RESULT*....suddenly Zacchaeus felt an overwhelming need for CHANGE. When
we come face to face with Jesus and the LOVE of GOD......we MUST
change. It requires change. We'll never be the same again. It's not
about who we ARE....but it's about who HE is and HOW HE LOVES US SO. We
come "broken to be mended, wounded to be healed, desperate to be rescued,
empty to be filled, guilty to be pardoned...... and welcomed with open
arms" .....JUST AS WE ARE. Where people need kindness and understanding,
they are instead met with judgment and condemnation. That will only
drive them further from the cross. But when we approach the others in
our lives with that same GRACE and understanding and KINDNESS.....and
allow them to ENCOUNTER the LOVE of Jesus....which is a LOVE I cannot
explain or ever understand..... A love so RELENTLNESS it will chase you DOWN
no matter how FAR you run or how FAR you've FALLEN....... They will come
face to face with GOD Himself and feel compelled to respond.
not mine to decide who to give it to or when. It's just HIS to give
through me to WHOMever. Jesus never withdrew His touch from those who
needed it most and deserved it less. He made no distinction between
social status, peer groups, political standings, the rich, the poor, the
sick or the well. He simply gave unrestrained by opinions or judgments.
He simply changed lives with an audacious Grace that never showed
differential regard for any one person. Perhaps if we all look beyond
ourselves and our need for Grace and begin to pour that same Grace we
need onto others we will begin to see a supernatural healing permeate