I recently preached a sermon on the story of Zacchaeus found in Luke. The story of Zacchaeus teaches you that no one is beyond the saving grace of God the Son, Jesus Christ.
The story of Zacchaeus reminds us that obedience is preferred to sacrifice. When Jesus made a request, Zacchaeus acted immediately. Zacchaeus did not hesitate.
If you have children, you probably at some point have asked them to wash the dishes, take out the trash, clean their rooms, pick up toys, or some other chore request. Have your children reacted by saying, “OK, I’ll get to it” and then did nothing; or said under their breath and out of your earshot, “I’ll do it when I’m ready”; or perhaps the child began to debate you and give you excuses why he or she could not or should not do the chore at all.
Well we are God’s children and He hears those same comments from us or gets the same reactions from us when God makes a request. Let’s take a look at “Don’t Hesitate”.
Theme: “Don’t Hesitate”
Read Scripture: Luke 19:1-10 NIV; focus verse: 5-6
“5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.”
Upon hearing Jesus’ request for Zacchaeus to come down immediately, Zacchaeus did not hesitate. Zacchaeus immediately obeyed Jesus’ request.
How many times does Jesus tell you to do something and you debate Him about it? Or, you are slow in doing it. Or, you do it when you are ready to do it. Or, you don’t do it at all.
Some of you have been called by Jesus into the ministry of preaching, teaching, missions, evangelism, or some other form of ministry. But, you ignore, debate, or take your time when God makes a request of you.
But then, you expect God to act immediately when you call on Him to take action.
When Zacchaeus acted immediately in obedience to Jesus, his obedience was rewarded. Are you missing a blessing because of your reluctance to act immediately on Jesus’ request? Next time you hear the voice of God speaking to you, get moving…