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turtle30cshell Daily Devotions For June
Finding The Lost
6/27/2019

Daily Devotions:
by Christina Farris

Luke 19:1-10 KJV
1 And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.
3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
5 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.
6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.
8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

What is of value to you? How much time will you spend looking for something you have lost? How many weeks will you look for that one thing you lost? I once lost a pair of glasses sitting at my husband desk. I was to tired to look for them for it was two in the morning and I had a long day. As I went to bed, i hoped in the morning I would figure out where I had hid my glasses. My glasses were of value but fatigue overcame the problem of finding them. I hope to have a new perspective of where they were. The next morning I located an older pair of glasses in hopes to find them. Without the glasses looking for certain size items is like looking for a needle in a haystack blind folded. As soon as they were on I went to last location I was the night before and guess what if they been a snake I would have been bit. Needless to say glasses found and old glasses put away. I would of spent the whole day looking if I had not found them. The point of the story some things of value are worth finding. Jesus comes looking for us. He knocks on our hearts to be invited in. God looked to Adam and Eve despite their sin. He found them hiding because of sin. Many people run from God because of sin. Some run not understanding God is one searching for you. God already knows where you are and where your hiding, but he calls to you as if missing from his eye sight. Jesus is calling all sinners.

I speak of God and Jesus as being the same and they are. They are one but yet seen in three person's, if one implies also the Holy Spirit. God Father, Son and Holy Spirit is all part of the Triune Godhead. One of things about the three Godhead they are the same, they are consistent in regards to searching for us. Or calling to us to come. It important to know that the Godhead is consistent. All search and all seek, yet one still has to believe in order to receive God's grace of forgiveness. There are those that believe in Jesus but not realizing the unity of God Father and the Holy Spirit, as well as people believing in God and not knowing about the other two parts of the Godhead. Point one needs to understand the seeking of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit to understand Godhead in one person is seeking you. God Spirit calls to our Spirit. The Word/Jesus speaks to our heart and convicts of the need of salvation. Third the Father is the one that sends His word and His Spirit to speak to our hearts of the need for salvation.

As Jesus is seeking those that would receive him, He found them in many places even up in a sycramore tree. Jesus found people in the crowd. Crowd was always pressed around him. He was the latest traveling star. Traveling from town to town stirring up a crowd that wanted to see the works of God being performed. Yet even so, despite the crowd Jesus could find a man that desire to see him in a place no one was paying little attention too a tree. This man was a chief sinner. He had money and could of paid to see Jesus. He could of made an appointment, but instead he was with the crowd of people trying to see Jesus and could not so he climbed a tree. A tree because he was short in stature. Jesus looked up and told him to come down He was going to His house today. The crowd was upset that Jesus would go to a sinner house. We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, but it makes no difference for Christ is searching and seeking the lost, even lost sinners. Do you think I cared if my glasses where dirty or clean. No I just wanted my glasses back. Jesus is seeking his people that way. Zacchaeus was a Jew, a descendant of Abraham, a man already marked because of his ancestory of being one of God's kids. Yet we all are marked of God as being created by Him, there is no difference between Jew or Gentile, when it comes to God seeking us. Yet Jesus speaks and makes note of the ancestory lines because of the crowds view of this man's unworthiness to even speak to Jesus. The temple segregated people from Gentile and Jew in how far people were allow to go into temple to worship. Zacchaeus a man of Jewish faith had no reason not be equal to those in the crowd, but he was not because he was a tax collector. It same opinion many of us have of the IRS. It is that position no one wants in their life in society. No one likes a tax collector. It probably had less to do with the man then his choosen career or society status. He was the person people avoided. He was known as a thief or person collecting more then he should. Zacchaeus openly omitted his sin and was willing to pay people back as soon as he found out he was worthy to be seen by Jesus. He found out he was not and outcasted by God. God does not outcast his people he just relocates their location. Adam and Eve where sent out of the garden to another location, God still communicated with them. God has never abandoned His people. People abandon God and when they think God is not watching they do all kinds of things, pleasing or not pleasing to God.

The sinful man does things not pleasing to God. God first is not please by man's good works, thought they are a part of faith. Even our works are for outward show of both who we are and who we are not but trying to pretend to be. Zacchaeus faith is what saved him, not his works. For his works were not of God to take from the poor. Yet Zacchaeus seen he could repay people. He seen the need to repent and make restitution standing before Christ. He was in a crowd of witnesses of his character, yet it matter little for Jesus spoke to him directly convicting his heart of his worth to God. Jesus taken time to talk to a man perched in a tree despite the crowd of onlookers. If you are in a church convicted of the need to receive Jesus as Savior it matters little about who is watching. God is speaking to your heart and you know it. It matters little how people press around you or whether or not your alone when conviction comes of a need for a Savior, all one needs to know is Jesus is looking and knocking on the heart of each of us to receive Him as Lord. It matters not ancestory lines, Zacchaeus lines only showed his social status to the crowd by the fact ancestory status he could speak to Jesus, the crowd had considered him unworthy because of his career choice alone. Jewish people were quite cliquish. People to day are cliquish of who can receive or know Jesus but should not be. The door for Jesus is for all of us. It not for a particular race or group of people Jesus is calling to us, and all types of people. Yet Jesus went first to his family, neighbors and then surround areas.

Ever see a pastor taking extra long time on the last hymn or song. There is a reason sometimes. The conviction of the heart is felt by the those that are saved. Hard to describe what I mean, for one should never rely on feeling, but the presence of God is often felt and the conviction and need to prayer is often felt at the close of a serves in regards to God calling to the lost. Usually before the song is closed a person comes down the aisle of some church and even to altar in others and bows to pray. No one knows what the one is praying for necessarily it could be salvation or something else. Yet the Spirit speaks of the need of intercessory prayer. Beieivers pray as one seeks God. It not unusual to see or witness this type of event first hand in a church for a believer, but the point is no one worrying about that person's social status, or what his sin is. He sees the person as one in need of Jesus. Yes there is always those that want the serves to end, but until God's finished I guarantee it not over, unless the minister cuts the service to quick. God's not done wrestling with the one that not opening his heart to Him. God will keep calling until the last breath of the individual He seeks. His wrath eventually coming to those that will reject him upon their death.

Point is God not worried about your status, He sees you as being lost. Being lost to a sinful world, that He placed Adam and Eve in. A world that is corrupt with sinners or children of disobedience. We all willfully sin against God by choosing our own path, yet when one yields to God we choosing God's way. Zacchaeus was desiring to see Jesus, and not caring about the crowd. How many times had he climbed up in a tree because of his size to view the things around him. Yet this one time, this important man took notice of Him. This Jesus took notice of him despite his sin, his unworthiness to even talk to him. We all are unworthy to speak to Jesus, but Jesus wants us to pray and seek Him back. He already calling, just call to Jesus back. It like those cell phones, people call back all the time. It matters little of location now. When people only had home phones it was hard to reach out and touch someone, and now it all the time. Those phones are 24/7 unless it has a dead battery, location is bad, or someone can't talk right now. Point is Jesus is available 24/7, He available to talk too you without battery back up.

Jesus is calling for you to receive Him as Lord. He calling to your heart and knocking at the door to so He can wine and dine with your Soul. He coming to eat at your house. He is coming will your heart be open to Him. Zacchaeus had open heart for Jesus, after all he taken the extra stride to climb a tree. Are you climbing trees to see Jesus, come down from the tree, you need no antics to know Jesus, you just need to come to Jesus as you are unpure and unclean his how he calls all of us. For all of us are sinners some saved by God's grace and others lost, but all sought by Jesus. One more thing to note, is Zacchaeus knew nothing of the cross of Jesus at this point beyond perhaps prophesy, if not prophesy, he knew all he needed was to believe and to receive Jesus grace and forgiveness for sin.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for seeking us to save us from our sins. Bring conviction on the lost and help them to recieve Jesus as Lord and Savior today. In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion: Luke 15:4-7 KJV
4 What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.
7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.

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