Luke 19:5 – And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him,”Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” (ESV)
It is a well-known song:
Zaccheaus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he;
He climbed in a sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see.
And as the Master passed that way, He looked up in the tree,
And He said,
“Zaccheaus, You come down!
For I’m going to your house today,
For I’m going to your house today.
Oh, so much meaning in such a fun little song. So many memories. I can hear little voices that haven’t yet found pitch in their “joyful noise,” and they are the ones, shaking their little fingers, that you hear above all the other little voices, shouting out, “You come down!”
How do we come down? What is your sycamore tree? Actually the sycamore tree is the beginning of finding Jesus. We are seeking Him – from a distance. We want to know who this Jesus is, but we are watching to see what He is all about. Maybe it means you take time out of your busy week and decide to go to church. You are perched so that you can see Jesus and the crowd. The crowd is excited about Jesus, singing their songs of praise, “talking” to Jesus, talking about Jesus. We aren’t exactly sure what it is all about. We have heard good things.
But Jesus doesn’t leave us in the tree as a spectator. He tells us to hurry. But He doesn’t say just, “Come join the crowd.” Oh, yes, be a part of the crowd, but that’s not enough. Don’t leave Jesus at church. Jesus says, “Must.” He doesn’t suggest, say it’s a possibility, a nice idea. He says, “I must….”
But what does He say He must do? “Stay at your house today.” What does He mean “stay”?
Does He mean visit? Doesn’t sound like it. It sounds a whole lot more permanent. One of the definitions of the Greek word Meno for “stay” is “to continue to be present.” How do I say it more plainly? He wants to “stay” at my house. He wants to take up residence.
What about that little word “hurry”? Don’t wait. Don’t make it part of your bucket list. Make Him a part of your home. Where you live. Where you land.
So my question to you is, “How do you invite Jesus home to stay with you? What do you do to make your home a Jesus friendly home? How do you make Him a part of your life, a part of your home, a part of your celebrations (perhaps Christmas or birthdays), a part of your disappointments or heartaches, a part of your ordinary or even mundane, a part of your family?”
What does that do? What is the rest of the story? We discover that Zaccheaus was changed later in that same chapter of Luke 19, verse 8. Jesus affirmed that home, that life in verse 9. Read it for yourself.
What would you like Jesus to do for your home? What are you willing to do? What do you do to invite Jesus to your home? To make a place for Him? I mean practical things. I would love to hear from you. Practically speaking, what do you do?