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3 Things I Learned from the Story of Zacchaeus

Written by Tyson Herald on . Posted in WBC Blog

At some point in history someone decided to write a song to help teach children the story of Zacchaeus. If you’re like me it still rings in your head today.

“Zacchaeus was a wee little man, and a wee little man was he. He climbed up in the sycamore tree for the Lord he wanted to see. And as the Savior passed that way, He looked up in the tree. And He said,’ Zacchaeus you come down for I’m going to your house today. I’m going to your house today’.”

If we only understand the story from this song we come up with a few conclusions:

1. It’s ok to make fun of a short man.
2. He wanted to see Jesus
3. Jesus is coming to his house today.

Recently though, I was reading Luke’s account in Luke 19:1-10 and 3 things came to mind that I hadn’t noticed before.


1. We see the physical limitation but Jesus saw the spiritual need. 
Ever since I was a kid, if someone asked me about Zacchaeus, his short stature came to mind. However, that’s not what Jesus saw. Jesus looked past the shrewd dealings of a vertically challenged tax-collector and saw his real need – forgiveness of his sins and new life in Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, most of the people I interact with, I notice more of the externals than the far more important truth that they were created in the image of God and are in need of a Savior.
 
2. Everything changes when you know you’re loved. 
For years, Zacchaeus had cheated and swindled people out of money. No one loved him. We don’t know what exactly Jesus said but something flipped in Zacchaeus’ heart. He left his encounter with Jesus giving back four times the amount he had taken. (vs. 8) Interestingly, enough Zacchaeus went above and beyond what was required by the law. (The law only required that you pay back double what was stolen) What changed this stingy man? Jesus. Zacchaeus woke up that day a taker and went to sleep that night a giver. Want to know more about Jesus and the forgiveness He offers? Contact me: tyson@westbridgedanville.com

3. If you want to experience the love of God like Zacchaeus did, you have to get close enough to experience it.
Zacchaeus had no doubt heard about Jesus. (vs. 3) He wanted to find out more about him so he climbed a tree.  He did something about his questions, his fears, his doubts. I’m sure that climbing a tree at first thought seemed like a crazy idea to Zacchaeus.

Fig Tree in Camperdown Cemetery

Maybe reading your bible or spending time in prayer seems like a crazy idea to you? It’s the tree you’re staring at in your life.  I’d encourage you to start small because quality is more important than quantity. Reading and thinking about one verse is far more important than reading chapters of the bible and not being able to remember anything. Start with one verse of the bible and ask yourself these questions.

What does it say about God?

How did it apply to the people or group it was written to? 

How or does it apply to me today?

Start praying specific prayers so you can see God show up in specific ways.

Make church a priority and get involved with people who can encourage you in your faith.
What advice would you share?

Quantity vs. Quality

Written by Tyson Herald on . Posted in WBC Blog

BlogPostGraphicBigger is better. Faster is better. More is better.

I’m afraid though this constant pursuit has left us not better, but worse. Just because we can do it all doesn’t mean we need to do it all.

When it comes to reading the Bible quality is better than quantity. We’ve become so accustomed to the more is better idea that we’ve lost the ability to spend any real (quality) time on what matters.

God’s Word is alive and active. (Heb. 4:12) It provides the opportunity to change us from the inside out. However, when we apply the more is better mindset to reading we can dilute what God may be wanting us to learn. If we read chapters a day yet don’t seek to apply what have learned we just read a bunch of words.

So here’s my challenge. Start small. Maybe you only read 3 verses all week. Put them on a 3X5 card to see all week or take a screen shot on your phone of the verses so you see them every time you open your phone.

Ask the following questions:

What does it tell me about God?

What does it tell me about me?

What does it tell me about others?

Spend quality time with God this week in reading and prayer and soon you’ll find yourself wanting to spend even more time with Him.  After all, quality is better than quantity.

This past week I chose to spend quality time in Colossians 3:12-14. What verses will you choose?

backyard treasure

Written by Jon McDugle on . Posted in WBC Blog

Can you imagine grabbing a shovel and digging a hole for your tomato plant when you hit something hard.  You’re thinking it’s a rock until you reach down into the hole and pull out a black lunch box.  You open it up to find big bills with lots of zeros.  A treasure buried in your back yard.    

What a treasure God has given us by revealing Himself through His Word.  It’s through the Bible that we know who He is, what He’s done for us, what’s He’s doing today, what’s He’s planning for the future and how we get to play a part in it!  

A prayer I’ve been praying lately is that God will give me an undying hunger to seek Him in His Word!  

It’s like a light to our path leading us into the joy of His presence!

It’s like gatorade to our soul filling us up with energy to live strong!

It’s like the “road closed” sign keeping us from driving our life over the cliff!

It’s like the “protein shake” adding strength to our soul to love big and walk by faith!

It’s like “backyard treasure” available to anyone who will dig!

And the list rolls on…

This Sunday @ West Bridge we’re excited to welcome scholar Jay Seegert who will help us answer the question:  How do we know the Bible is really a revelation from God?

I’m praying God will grace us all with an unquenchable thirst for His Word!

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet, a light on my path” – Psalm 119.105

your brother,

Jon

 

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