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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

What? What? What?

What does God want ME to see?
Have you ever noticed that in scripture some thoughts are repeated? For example there is, Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. (Philippians 4:4 ESV) The writer wants to emphasize our need to rejoice.
And again, throughout Psalm 119, the writer repeats over and over again, how important it is to follow, obey, and keep the precepts of God.
I understand repetition, I am a mother. I understand repetition, I struggled with piano lessons. I understand repetition, I am a teacher. I understand repetition, I am hard headed, (only sometimes.) But, yes, I understand that when you want someone to grasp hold of something, you repeat it until they get it.
This past Sunday morning I listened to a really good sermon on the biblical story of Zacchaeus. It was such a good message that as I took notes I thought to myself that someday I might bring a lesson on Zacchaeus. I was listening with my "teacher ears." The ones I wear when I realize that I am hearing a message that other people need to hear as well.
And when the service was over, I tucked those notes away for "someday."
But then this morning My devotional reading was Zacchaeus, another person's viewpoint on the same biblical account. 
In 3 days time I got 2 very important viewpoints, 2 very accurate out takes, and 2 very good lessons that are not meant for "someday" or "someone else's" ears.
So....with God presenting Zacchaeus to me two times in three days I realize there must be something here that He is wanting ME, YES, ME, to see. What is it, Lord?
Here is the Biblical account. 
He (Jesus) entered Jericho and was passing through. 
And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. 
He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 
And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. 
So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. 
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.” 
So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. 
And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” 
And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. 
And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” 
And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:1-10 ESV)

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