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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?

You can’t do life alone

Written by Tyson Herald on . Posted in WBC Blog

Recently, I was moving some furniture with a friend. I was so thankful that I had someone with me to help carry it down the stairs. I could have tried to manhandle it or simply just throw it down the stairs. However, that would have most likely resulted in damaged walls, furniture, and possibly even damage to myself.
I love the account of David and Jonathan’s friendship in 1 Samuel. Jonathan’s father Saul is King of Israel and God starts to allow David (Jonathan’s friend) to rise in popularity and prestige among the people. David steps out in faith on numerous occasions and God blesses him for it. Fast forward the account and we find David running from Saul as he seeks to kill him. At one point while hiding near the area of En Gedi Jonathan goes to look for his friend David to help him out.
1 Samuel 23:16 says, “And Saul’s son Jonathan went to David at Horesh and helped him find strength in God.”
We don’t know exactly what Jonathan told David but we do know he reminded him of God’s promises to David. My guess is that he may have also reminded David of how God has provided for him in the past. Having someone help point you back to God is HUGE! We often can become short sighted and blind without someone close to us reminding us of who God is and what he’s promised.
You can’t do life alone. Even David, who was credited with being a man after God’s own heart needed a friend to help remind him that his strength comes from God.
Being a part of a group is one great way to surround yourself with people who will help you find strength in God. This fall we’re starting several new groups and I’d love for you to pray about joining one. You can find more information here.

#myoneword

Written by Tyson Herald on . Posted in WBC Blog

A couple weeks ago Ps. Jon shared a message encouraging each of us to pick one word, based from one verse to focus on for the year. (You can listen to the message here) Our theme for this year here at church is “like Christ”. While it’s a great theme, you may find it difficult at the end of the year to truly quantify how much more “like Christ” you have become. 

However, picking one word, based off of a truth found in God’s word can be extremely helpful. It’s a specific and somewhat measurable way to help you grow in your faith. This can’t replace a daily time with God but it can certainly serve as a reminder and truth to come back to throughout the year. After praying and reading through some passages for a week I found my one word. 
 
     1 Timothy 6:6 says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 
 
My one word is content. Much of our lives are spent being discontent. I find myself being impatient, frustrated, and annoyed at circumstances. After a day or so goes by I find myself looking back with regret seeing the insignificance of my frustrations.  Godliness is great, but being content with where God has you is great gain. 
 
What’s your one word? Feel free to use #myoneword to share with others on facebook or twitter. 

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