And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. Luke 19:5
On the backdrop of Zacchaeus’ life we saw the first three ways of how we can invite Jesus into our home/life. Here’s the second part on the same topic. Let’s take a look:
- Need of a Pure Conscience – Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. 1 Timothy 3:9. Without purity no one can see God. Also, to have Jesus come and dwell in our hearts, we need to have a pure conscience. How can we receive purity in our conscience? By allowing the Blood of Jesus to wash away the filthiness and iniquities of sin in us. Zacchaeus also did the same and was delivered of the miserable life he lived. Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22
- Keep His Word – Soon after Zacchaeus accepted his shortcomings and transgressions before the Lord, we see an immediate change of heart taking place in him. How was that possible? Because somewhere deep in his heart he loved and adored Jesus. Zacchaeus had heard quite a lot about this Teacher before, and that’s how his love for Him grew. Now, on meeting the Saviour, he obeyed God’s Word by restoring everything that he had taken unjustly from people. Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. John 14:23
- Fellowship in communion – By partaking in the Lord’s table/having communion, we become partakers of eternal life. He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him. John 6:56. Flesh here refers to the Bread/Word of God. Jesus said – I am that bread of life. John 6:48. When Jesus called Zacchaeus, who was on the sycamore tree then, he obeyed and quickly came down and welcomed Him with great joy. That day he had a close communion with Jesus and became a new creature in Christ.
- Waiting for Him – Zacchaeus waited patiently upon the sycamore tree, to see Jesus when He passed by that way! 😇 He was a little man, yet his “little stature” could not stop the deep desire he carried within him — to see Jesus. And Finally… !! Not only was he able to see Jesus, he was even able to welcome Jesus into his house that day!! Hallelujah!
Dear child of God, those who wait upon God will never be ashamed. They will go from strength to strength and appear before God.
May the Lord help us! Be blessed! 💕