I love that God is the ultimate storyteller, and through stories in the bible, His truth shines through. Lately I’ve been stuck on the parable of Jesus and Zacchaeus. I knew the story but I never really stayed on it long enough to really catch it. Let me refresh you:

Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a tax man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way – he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by.

When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.”
— Luke 19:1-5

Seems like a simple story but whenever a story is told in the bible, it’s always about more than the simplicity of a physical outcome.

Set the scene and there’s a big crowd gathered to see Jesus. The streets are lined and poor, short Zacchaeus is realizing that unless he moves, he is not going to even see Jesus. So he spies a sycamore tree. Ok, this is not a small little tree – sycamore trees are massive and the main attribute is that they have dense large leaves. So even if he climbs it, there is no chance that Jesus would even see him in the tree – he would be so high up and covered by leaves. But he’s so desperate to see him that he runs ahead and climbs it anyway. Here’s what I realized…


He positioned himself to find Jesus.

And in positioning himself to find Jesus, he was found by Jesus. Not only found, but called by name.


The chances of Jesus looking up were so slim – why would He? Zacchaeus wasn’t yelling at him, he didn’t climb the tree thinking Jesus would look up. His motive was to see Him, to find Him. 

Here’s my question to you – where are you positioned? My prayer is that as a worship team, we are relentless enough to run after Jesus, to seek and find Him, to not be ok about watching Him from a distance but to do whatever it takes to draw close. 

This story is a physical outworking of a spiritual response. Is your heart desperate to find Jesus? Are you leading from the treetops in worship on Sunday or are you leading from the crowd? 


Position yourself to find Jesus. 

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