Week 4 – Sept 28
Control or Surrender? – What if I invest too little?
Thanks, But I’m Just Passing Through
Passing through sometimes leads us to pass up.
When we think it’s all about us, it’s not!
For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. James 3:16
“Zaccheus was a wee little man,
And a wee little man was he.
He climbed up in a sycamore tree
For the Lord he wanted to see.
And as the Savior passed that way He looked up in the tree.
(SPOKEN) And said, “Zaccheus! You come down!
For I’m going to your house today.
For I’m going to your house to stay.
Up a Tree
Sycamore trees are typically good for climbing. Zaccheus chose to go out on the proverbial limb.
We are out on that limb with Zaccheus when we try to be the Holy Spirit and play the role of God.
The war between the house of Saul and the house of David lasted a long time. David grew stronger and stronger, while the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker. 2 Samuel 3:1
A short BIG Man
Fans try to follow Jesus out of their own strength. Followers run on Holy Spirit power!
Living in the Spirit means shining the light of the Spirit on our weakness. (Kyle Idleman)
My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in [your] weakness. 2Cor 12:9
- Zaccheus was not only a tax collector / IRS agent. He was the chief collector and VERY wealthy. Why would a man in his position go to such lengths to see Jesus?
- No doubt, Jesus was looking forward to meeting Zaccheus. Why would Jesus want to go to the home of a much despised tax collector – a sinner? Why do you think the people who witnessed this reacted the way they did?
- As a result of his encounter with Jesus, Zaccheus gave back a great deal of his wealth. Beyond the financial aspect, the new, Spirit-filled Zaccheus was different. How might this difference affect his professional position from a standpoint of strength or weakness? Do you find yourself living from a place of weakness in Christ? How? Why or why not?
- Put yourself in Zaccheus place. Jesus responded to him with grace. What is our response to Jesus for the grace we are shown? Is the Holy Spirit evident in our response? Why or why not?
- Our culture mostly views Christians as weak. As a follower of Christ, will you, like Christ did before us, let your weakness be your strength? How can you make this happen? Is it you that makes it happen?