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I stand in absolute wonder
When I hear You call my name
I am completely astonished
You wash my sin away
I’ve been saved
The Fathers Love
How outrageous is your Love
I want to tell you a story about someone short. I can identify. I mean I have to say I’m real happy there are some new year 7s in here because me and Mikayla are no longer the shortest people here!
Anyway my story is about this short guy called Zacchaeus.
Now they say that good things come in small packages but that was so not true about Zacchaeus. He was the chief tax collector in his area and made a living ripping people off. People didn’t like him very much and defriended him on facebook and didn’t invite him to their parties or out to McDs for a frozen coke.
Anyway he heard that Jesus was in town and for some reason just kinda felt like he should go and see him. Like everyone else in his town.
Now short people problems here. No matter where he stood he couldn’t see. And people wouldn’t move to make way for him. So he ran ahead and climbed a tree beside so he could see Jesus.
5 When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.”
6 Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy.
Did you catch that. Jesus was walking by the tree, looked up and called Zacchaeus by name.
In the crowd Jesus saw this short guy. He picked him out. He knew His name.
Christine Caine posted on fb recently “I encourage you today to embrace the change necessary in order to grow into the success that God has prepared for you. God calls us to step up and into His promises and purposes, and He will give you the grace to run your race.” ~ Christine Caine
We have to be aware of our weaknesses and be prepared to grow and deal with our stuff. We all have stuff. We all have flaws. We waste an enormous amount of energy trying to cover up our sins, our hurts, our hang-ups, and our defects. If we spent as much time being honest about what’s not right in our life as we do covering it up, we’d have a lot more energy for what is right in our life.
The thing about weaknesses is that we often on our strengths but leave ourselves vulnerable to attack, or to falling over in that area. During WW2 Singapore was a very powerful military base. With a seemingly impenetrable jungle behind it they focused all their defences towards the sea. However the city was conquered, not by sea but by the Japanese who cut a single track bicycle track through the jungle.
The battle for sin starts in our mind, not in our behaviour. The way we think determines the way we feel, and the way we feel determines the way we act. If we want to change the way we act, we start by changing the way you think and feel by aligning it to the Word of God.
This is the beauty of the call of God, that he chooses to do extraordinary things with ordinary people, with broken people, with messy people. He uses rescued people to rescue people. That takes courage in itself, to be open to God. We know He sees all and knows all but how many of us like to pretend that that there are places in our heart that He cannot see? Or is that just me? We have a responsibility to not stay the same, to not hide from ourselves but to be honest and to let God into those places.
God uses change to change us. He doesn’t use it to destroy us or to distract us, but to coax us to the next level of character, experience, compassion and destiny! God uses change to transform us so we can live a best life and have relationshi8ps that flourish and can make the most of the opportunities that come our way.
I think conferences like these must be a taste of heaven… a taste of what it will be like to worship with the multitude