The Ultimate Example of Humility

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Jesus takes the first step toward us, calling out to us. But it’s up to us to take the second ... climb down the tree of our pride and let Him abide with us and remain in us.

You probably are familiar with the story of Zacchaeus, the man who was hated for taxing the people of his time for the Romans’ coffers ... and stealing from them to fill his own. (see the Bible, Luke 19:1-10)

Let’s look at what Jesus does when He first meets him: “And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.’” (verse 5)

This moment in time is incredible because it reveals the greatness of the Father’s love for us. God, in His amazing love, looked down upon humanity and sent His only Son to save us. However, this passion that God feels for mankind takes another dimension when we consider that Jesus, the Son of God that He is, lifted His eyes to Zacchaeus.

That God looks upon us from heaven is already a great act of love, but that Jesus humbled Himself to the point of having to raise His gaze to one of His creatures is truly heavenly mercy ...

Sometimes, we climb the tree of pride: we settle there, seated on the throne of our accomplishments (that are sometimes unjust, like those of Zacchaeus who stole from his neighbors)! Yet, Jesus, who loves us with an endless love, isn’t ashamed to lift His eyes toward us, to say to us with the deepest affection, “Make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”

Jesus takes the first step toward us, calling out to us. But it’s up to us to take the second ... climb down the tree of our pride and let Him abide with us and remain in us.

Would you like to pray and invite Jesus into your life if you haven’t already done so? “Lord, thank You for Your love today. I open the door of my heart and life to You. Help me to live a life that’s pleasing to You. I want a personal relationship with You with all my heart. Thank You, Jesus, for touching me today with Your humility. In Your name, amen.”

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