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John: His Friends - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Mar 31, 2015

Wait Training (Part 2)
 
In yesterday’s devo,  we learned that Jesus’ friend, Lazarus, was sick.  But when Jesus heard the news, He stayed where He was for two more days. Lazarus’ sisters, Mary and Martha,  had to wait for Jesus’ arrival, and in the meantime, Lazarus died.   We raised the question, “Why does God sometimes make us wait?”  Consider two reasons.
 
1.   To grow our faith.  In John 11:15 Jesus says, “And for your sakes, I'm glad I wasn't there, for now you will really believe. Come, let's go see him." (NLT).  Sometimes God allows difficult circumstances to enter our lives because He knows they’ll result in growth. Prosperity teaches us little. Adversity teaches us volumes. It introduces us to ourselves.  A.W. Tozer said, “Sometimes, before God can use a man greatly, He has to hurt him deeply.”  (from Pursuit of God)  
 
2.  So we understand and receive God’s comfort and peace.  Verse 35 tells us that “Jesus wept” when he saw Mary and her friends crying. That may be the shortest verse in the Bible, but it’s also the deepest.  The crown of thorns, the agonies of the Cross, the trip to Golgotha did not make Jesus weep...but standing next to the grave of a friend, He buried His face in His hands and cried. Aren’t you glad that’s in the Bible? Only Christians worship a God who is vulnerable enough to cry.  
 
To think about:
  • The next time you’re hurting (and waiting), remember that God understands your pain. Isaiah 53:3 describes him as … “a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief…”   
  • Choose to trust.   In Mark 9, a man whose son was demonized came to Jesus and said,  “Lord, if you can, please help my son.” (Verse 22)   Jesus replied in verses 23-24 "What do you mean, 'If I can'?  Anything is possible if a person believes."  The father instantly cried out, "I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!" (NLT)   In Job 13:15, we read, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him…” (KJV). Sometimes, that’s all we can do, but as we trust, we discover that’s enough.

Gary Black
Campus Leader - Richmond Road

John: His Friends - Monday

Posted on Mon, Mar 30, 2015

Wait Training (Part 1)  
 
“He stayed where he was for the next two days.  Finally, he said to his disciples, “Let’s go back to Judea.”  
 
John 11 begins by telling us that when Jesus got word that His friend, Lazarus, was sick, He stayed where He was two days.  In the meantime, Lazarus died.  The question begs to be asked:  Why does God sometimes make us wait?   Today and tomorrow, we’ll consider some answers to this question.
 
1. Sometimes He makes us wait because we’re just not ready.   Many years ago, when my daughter was in grade school, she’d ride with me in the car and say, “Daddy, can I drive?” I’d reply, “Not yet, sweetheart, but someday.” We must’ve had that conversation a hundred times.  As she got older, it became even harder for her to wait for “someday.”  Like most teens, she was confident that she could drive before she was ready...but her father knew differently. Our Father loves us enough to do the same.
 
2. Another reason God delays is to maximize our witness. Jesus told his disciples, “This sickness is for the glory of God.”  They only understood what that meant after He raised Lazarus from the dead.   A lot of things in life only make sense in retrospect.  John 11:45 tells us that many of the Jews put their faith in Jesus when they saw what He had done.   Waiting is worth it when a powerful testimony results.  
 
Here are a couple of suggestions:
  1. Don’t expect God to operate on your schedule. He doesn’t wear a watch. David wrote, “My times are in your hands...”  (Psalm 31:15 NIV) That is enough. Trust His heart, even when you can’t trace His hand. 
  2. Look for ways to turn your trials into testimonies. Sometimes it’s as simple as a shift in the way we think; an adjustment in our perspective. Ask God to give you fresh perspective. You may be surprised at how your story, painful though it might be, can inspire and impact others. 

Gary Black
Campus Leader - Richmond Road

John: His Brothers - Friday

Posted on Fri, Mar 27, 2015

Before Abraham was even born, I AM!
 
The book was titled How to Win Friends and Influence People.  Written by Dale Carnegie, it was originally published in 1936.  It inspired motivational courses of the same name, and was influential in American culture.  In fact, Warren Buffett took the course when he was 20 and to this day has the diploma in his office.  Unfortunately for Jesus, it came out long after His time.  By the end of John 8 Jesus fails the course.  His claims of being living water and the light of the world had offended just about everyone.  He wasn’t done, though.  He says in John 8:58,  “I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I AM.
 
Imagine a man calling a national press conference, walking up to the Washington Monument, and announcing that before George Washington ever was, he existed.  Imagine this nut went on to claim that America actually exists because of him, and that everyone had better get on board with his agenda or they’d be sorry.  Security would show up and find a nice padded room for this buddy to chill in.
 
The last verse of John 8 tells us that the crowd around Jesus picked up rocks to stone Him.  Chapters 7 and 8 of John’s Gospel bring us up to the brink.  From His brothers mocking, to the crowd’s confusion, to the angry mob -- we’ve seen Jesus go out of His way to make statements that summarily say, “Deal with me.”
 
In a great act of love, Jesus stood and told the bold, hard truth about Himself.  To do less would be tragic.  He is the ultimate source of life that has always existed.  He is our way to the Father.  Life begins and ends in Him.

Nathan Head
Executive Pastor of Ministries

John: His Brothers - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Mar 26, 2015

I am the light of the world.
 
Yesterday we left Jesus in front of a crowd claiming to be the sustaining source of life.  John 7:40 and following bring us right back to the tensions of earlier this week.  The crowd is divided, and there is no consensus on who He really is.  Some believe Him, some mock Him, and others want Him arrested.  Not far into chapter 8, Jesus’ personal claims pick back up and are again tied to the Festival of Shelters (Tabernacles).
 
During this festival the other major event that occurred involved light.  In one of the larger courts in the temple was a massive candelabra.  Starting on the second night, thousands and thousands would gather with torches that were lit from the candelabra.  The light was amazing.  It filled the sky.  The point of this nightly ritual was to petition God to bring enough light for the nation’s crops to grow.
 
In John 8:12 Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.  If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.
 
Here at Southland, we’re committed to “unleashing a revolution of love” throughout Central Kentucky and beyond.  We believe that there is no place in this state and no person on this planet that His love can’t reach.  Last year we saw Jesus bring new light into the life of 1,008 people.  We are praying this year for 1,200 more.  Imagine 10 years from now when potentially 10,000 more people will have the light of Jesus in them!  It happens by God’s grace, but we are invited into this great work.  
 
  • Is there anyone in your life who needs your light, the light of Jesus, to shine on them?  Is there someone you can text, call, email, pray for and encourage?  Make a short list and go out of your way to shine the light of Jesus on them this week.  Also, make it a point to invite them to services this Easter.

Nathan Head
Executive Pastor of Ministries

John: His Brothers - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Mar 25, 2015

The most thirsty I ever recall being was coming off the playground as a kid in sun-drenched Central Florida.  My mouth was dry and crusty, and my face fire red.  The fountain at my school brought cold and flowing relief.  The water tasted so good -- and I couldn’t get enough.
 
In John 7 Jesus shows up to the Jewish Festival of Shelters (Tabernacles). One of the key ceremonies included the high priest taking water from the Pool of Siloam and emptying it on the altar in the Tabernacle. On the final day of the festival, a massive and expectant crowd gathered to observe. Tied to this act was the expectation of an entire nation. The request was for God to bring enough rain for crops to grow and life to be sustained.  It’s likely right after this event ended that Jesus speaks up. Here’s how John described it in John 7:37-38 (NLT).
 
At the climax of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds, “Anyone who is thirsty may come to me! Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.’”
 
Jesus’ claim is that all the sustenance we need is found in Him.  The key to life is found in Him.  In Florida, I would also play in the ocean for hours.  What’s crazy is, surrounded by all that water, I could get just as thirsty as I did at my school’s playground.  Unless I got out of the salty ocean and drank fresh water, I couldn’t satisfy my thirst.  
 
I think life is a lot like that.  Every day we are immersed in things that seemingly should fill us up.  Sadly though, we can’t quench our thirst because it’s not life-sustaining.  It has all the qualities of water, but still won’t give us life.
 
  • Let’s take some time to identify things that seem life giving but actually leave us thirsty.   Is there anything in our lives that is serving as a substitute for full dependence on Jesus?  Talk to your Life Group or an accountability partner about things that are draining life from you and masking fulfilment from Jesus.
  • Make time this week to read John 7 and 8.

Nathan Head
Executive Pastor of Ministries

John: His Brothers - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Mar 24, 2015

Have you ever watched a great back-and-forth between two people?  Both are arguing great points.  When one person finishes, you side with them.  What they just said is clear in your mind, case closed.  Then the other starts to talk, and what they say makes even more sense than what you had just concluded was the right perspective.  Have you ever then had someone turn to you and ask what you think?  I’ve been there and I felt like a total dummy.  I couldn’t make up my mind … 
 
In John 6:68-69 Jesus turns to His disciples and kinda does the same thing.  In spite of Jesus’ ability to feed thousands of people from five loaves and two fish, the massive crowd walks away, voting with their feet that He isn’t all He’s cracked up to be.  In that moment Jesus looks at His disciples and asks, “Are you also going to leave?”  In John 6 the only recorded response is that of Peter.  Here’s what he says.
 
“Lord to whom would we go?  You have the words that give eternal life. We believe, and we know you are the holy one of God.”
 
CS Lewis once summarily said of Jesus,  he has to be either the Lord, a liar or a lunatic.  He cannot be all three. You can’t spend much time around Jesus and not be faced with the same question. So, what do you think?  
 
  • If Jesus truly is the Lord of our lives, what needs to change today?  
  • If He is Lord, then every part of our lives should be given over to Him.  
  • Let’s pray this prayer:  Father, please reveal any part of me that isn’t submitted fully to You.  Please give me the courage to surrender it one more time.  Today I nail it to the cross and walk away! 
  • If you’ve never submitted your life to Jesus and want to talk more, please let me know
  • Make time this week to read John 7 and 8.

Nathan Head
Executive Pastor of Ministries

John: His Brothers - Monday

Posted on Mon, Mar 23, 2015

For even his brothers didn’t believe.   
… many disciples desert Jesus … 
 
If you have a sibling, you have no doubt looked at them at some point and told them they are crazy, silly or just plain dumb.  (I’ve called my brother a lot worse, but that’s beside the point.)  The book of John records a scene where Jesus’ brothers mock Him for His lunatic fringe behavior and strange “Messiah Complex.”  Before one of the Jewish festivals, they tell Him to basically show up and show off for his followers.  Their statements equated to, “If you’re so great, go prove it and take this thing you’re doing to another level.”
 
John 7:3-5 (NLT) says this, “... and Jesus’ brothers said to him, ‘Leave here and go to Judea, where your followers can see your miracles!  You can’t become famous if you hide like this!  If you can do such wonderful things, show yourself to the world!’  For even His brothers didn’t believe in Him.
 
Even if you’ve only picked up on the story of Jesus recently, it stands out that during His life, those closest to Jesus doubted His claims.  I’ve heard it said, “Who you are at home is who you are.”  For good or bad, those closest to you know the real you.  In spite of all Jesus had done to this point in His life, He was doubted by those closest to Him.
 
In John 6:66, a massive crowd of followers walk away from Jesus in disbelief.  Jesus is the Savior of the World, and yet those at all levels of proximity can’t make up their minds about His true identity.
  • Let’s take an inventory.  Draw a large circle.  Place Jesus in the middle.  Now place yourself in proximity to your closeness to Jesus.  Where are you?  Is there a gap?  If there is, what is causing that gap?  Are you stuck in your belief/disbelief in Jesus?
  • Pray this prayer.  Father, help me see Jesus for who He truly is.  Remove all outside pressure(s) and allow me to see Him more clearly this week.
  • Make time this week to read John 7 and 8.

Nathan Head
Executive Pastor of Ministries

John: His Mom - Friday

Posted on Fri, Mar 20, 2015

This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
 
Have you ever encountered a confusing road sign? Maybe it had a symbol on it that you didn’t recognize or was just stuck in the wrong place. Or maybe you were visiting another country and couldn’t read the words.
 
If you can’t read a sign, it can cause all kinds of confusion in your life. You can get lost, turned around, or just miss out on your destination.  
 
In his Gospel account, John refers to Jesus’ miracles as signs.  The other gospel writers use the word “dunamis,” meaning power.  But John uses “semeion,” which means signs.  
 
Signs point us toward something. And in the case of the miracles, they are pointing us toward the identity of Jesus. Only God can do these things that Jesus is doing, and now God has come to earth.
 
But the miracles also reveal the kind of God Jesus is. 
 
At the wedding in Cana, Jesus cracked the door to heaven and gave a couple of disciples a glimpse of who He really is. A God who fills what’s empty. A God who takes what’s old and makes it new. 
 
And the result? They put their faith in Him. They trusted in Him. They read the sign, and it led them to believe in Jesus. 
 
John recorded these miraculous signs so that all of us would a get a chance to know this God who is still at work in our lives today. John 20:30 says, “But these are written so that you may continue to believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that by believing in him you will have life by the power of his name.
  • Think about some of the miracles of Jesus: walking on water, raising Lazarus from the dead, feeding thousands of people from a little kid’s lunch.  What do these signs tell you about the kind of God Jesus is? Where is this same God showing up in your life today?

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

John: His Mom - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Mar 19, 2015

“A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!”
 
Every year Neiman Marcus publishes a Christmas catalogue loaded with the most extravagant gifts you can imagine. Recent years have included a $2,000,000 pair of yellow diamonds, a $250,000 houseboat and a $99,000 jetpack. Just what everyone needs, right?  
 
Of course, no one needs a jetpack or a pair of yellow diamonds. These gifts are sheer extravagance, the kind of thing people give simply because they can.
 
It’s interesting that Jesus’ first miracle is a gift of extravagance. Jesus saved a family shame and embarrassment by turning water to wine, but compared to His other miracles, there’s so much less at stake.  
 
Think about it. If Jesus hadn’t performed this miracle, no one would have died. No leper would have suffered. No crowd would have starved. Yet, Jesus still intervened. 
 
And He didn’t just make wine. He made the best wine. Not mediocre. Not good enough. The best.
 
Why? Because Jesus was revealing His identity as God, a generous God, who is bringing the goodness of heaven to earth. 
 
James 1:17 says, “Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father.” Extravagant generosity reflects the Father’s heart. 
 
This doesn’t mean that God will buy us $99,000 jetpacks, but it does mean that we can trust Him with our deepest needs.    
 
If we’re convinced God is generous and committed to our greatest good, it gives us strength to cling to Him and do what’s right. No matter what circumstances we face. It also motivates us to show that same generosity to others.
 
Where have you seen God’s extravagant generosity in your life? 
  • Make a list of some of the ways God has provided for you physically, relationally and spiritually. Be sure to thank Him.
  • Now make a second list of at least three ways you can bless people with that same kind of ridiculous generosity today.

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

John: His Mom - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Mar 18, 2015

But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
 
Have you ever tried putting a puzzle together without the box lid?  It’s no easy task.  It’s so hard to know how the individual pieces fit together without seeing the bigger picture.  
 
Imagine you had two people giving you advice on that puzzle.  One is blindfolded, while the other can see your pieces and holds the lid in his hands.  Which one would you trust for advice?    
 
The guy with the lid, of course.  He could see how your tiny pieces fit together into the big picture.  He could tell you how to put them together in a way that makes sense. 
 
In this passage, when Mary took her request to Jesus to provide wine for the wedding, He first told her “no.”  She was only looking at the pieces.  Jesus was looking at the big picture. 
 
But that didn’t stop her from trusting Him.  She may not have understood what Jesus was up to, but she knew that He would always do what was right. 
 
So Mary turned to the servants nearby and gave them the best advice you’ll ever hear. “Do whatever he tells you.” It seems like a strange thing to say when someone turns down your request.  But ultimately, Mary trusted Jesus even if she didn’t understand what He was going to do.
 
When you pray, do you focus more on getting God to obey you, or do you ask Him to help you do the obeying?
 
When life doesn’t make sense, when our tough circumstances don’t seem to change, fall back on Mary’s advice.  Do whatever He tells you.  In John 2, the servants followed Jesus’ instructions, and, as a result, they got to see a miracle.  It may just be that you will, too.
  • Do you trust Jesus with the bigger purpose of your life?  Have you committed to obeying Him even when it doesn’t make sense?  
  • Is there anything Jesus is telling you to do today that requires you to take action? Text or email a friend and tell them what it is. Ask them to pray that you will have the courage to do it.

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

John: His Mom - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Mar 17, 2015

The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
 
Where’s the first place you go when you have a problem?  I usually “Google” it, sometimes spending hours researching online.  If that doesn’t help, I’ll read a book by an expert or talk to some friends, or even post it on Facebook to see if anyone has some good advice.  
 
It’s only after these things don’t work that I realize where I should have taken my problem in the first place.  To Jesus.
 
Wise people always take their problems straight to Him.  
 
That’s what Mary did.  When they ran out of wine at the wedding in Cana, she knew it was a big deal.  More than embarrassing or awkward, it would bring shame on the wedding party and their family. 
 
So Mary took her problem straight to Jesus.  
 
Sure, it’s smart to do some research or talk to people who’ve faced the same problems you’re facing.  In fact, Jesus often speaks to us through other people.  But Google is no substitute for prayer, and talking about problems is no substitute for talking to the One who has the power to change things.  Friends and experts are great, but wise people always start with Jesus.       
 
1 Peter 5:7 says, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 
  • Make a list of the top three problems you’re facing today. Have you taken them to Jesus, or are you trying to handle them in other ways? 
  • Carve out some time to pray today, and get God’s perspective on whatever challenge you face. 

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

John: His Mom - Monday

Posted on Mon, Mar 16, 2015

The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
 
Have you ever run out of something you needed?  Maybe you ran out of gas and had to hoof it to the nearest gas station.  Or maybe you ran out of your kid’s medicine and had to drive all over town to find a pharmacy that was still open.  Or how about Snowmageddon 2015?  Were you picking the shelves clean at Kroger, or did you get trapped at home without bread or milk?
 
We hate to run out of stuff, don’t we?  It puts us in a bind and causes all kinds of problems. 
 
In the wedding at Cana, the hosts ran out of wine.  It may not seem like a big deal to us, but in those days it would have brought a ton of shame on the family and ruined their reputation in the Jewish community.   
 
But the good news is that someone invited Jesus to the party, and Jesus has a way of turning problems into possibilities.  Empty cups.  Empty hearts.  Empty lives.  Jesus can take whatever is empty, and fill it with something good.  
 
In John 10:10 Jesus said, “The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.”
 
That was true when He turned water to wine, and it’s still true today. 
 
So where are you empty this week?  Where are you coasting on fumes?  
  • Is it physical?  Are you just plain worn out, or struggling with your health?
  • Is it relational?  Are the people around you draining you, or taking more than you have to give?  
  • Is it spiritual?  Are you struggling with sin or feel distant from God?  
Draw three gas gauges and label them “physical,” “relational,” and spiritual.”  Now draw in the needle on each one to represent how full or empty your tanks are today.  Which one needs attention?  Pray about it.  Ask Jesus to fill you up and to help you take a step to move that needle in the right direction.

Jason Byerly
Children's Pastor

Luke: Through Treetops - Friday

Posted on Fri, Mar 13, 2015

For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.
 
Have you ever been really lost before? It’s not a good feeling. I’ve been lost in the woods on camping excursions with little food or water. I got lost in Cincinnati in 2001 and found myself in the midst of rioting and looting. When I get lost on a bike ride, it means I have to backtrack all those miles I just pedaled. I hate being lost. 
 
I had some friends who were lost recently. These two ladies were on the way back from a trip down south when the snowstorm shut down Interstate 65. Every road they tried to turn down was littered with peril. Abandoned semi trucks, wrecked cars and police barricades kept them from getting home. In the midst of falling snow and treacherous roads, they made one wrong turn after another until they were forced to give up. These gals had to park the car and get a hotel room until roads were cleared. 
 
In Zacchaeus’ story, Jesus wraps up with a statement about His entire purpose for coming to Earth. He came to save those who are lost. That’s why He’s here. He wants to clear a way for you. But the reality is, you might just have to give up. When you’re behind the wheel, it feels like you can steer your way through life’s messes. Logic sometimes says that it’s possible to arrive on your own. But you might have to pull off the road like those ladies. You may have to give up all your riches like Zacchaeus. Do you want to be set free? It may entail letting off your grip and handing the steering wheel over to Him. 
  • Read Galatians 2:20 out loud as a prayer today. “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
  • After praying that verse over your own life, ask God, for one last time, to take away that thing that you’ve set free this week. 

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

Luke: Through Treetops - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Mar 12, 2015

But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.
 
People change. There are a lot of things in my past that are very different than the me that most of you know. I used to have a lot of earrings and dyed my hair white, for instance. I used to wear a Michigan Starter jacket. I was once in a high school musical. I used to inline skate during all my free time. Now, hear me. I don’t think that any of those things are silly or wrong and I’m not ashamed to admit them. It’s just not who I am anymore. Picture me with my white hair in my Michigan jacket, standing on some skates and singing Oklahoma! I’d imagine that’s not a natural image in your brain!
 
People change. One minute you’re a “notorious sinner” and the very next you’re the center of attention and God’s very own Son is making much of you. Man, I just love this story. It represents Jesus’ feelings toward us with such clarity. This past weekend, Jon showed us that our past could be released. Jesus is willing to let it float away like a balloon that’s lighter than air. Yet, all too often, we cling to our past. We let our past define us and claim our future. We let a balloon that’s lighter than air somehow crush us and pin us down. 
 
People change! Hey, you’re people. Let it go. Don’t be ashamed. Don’t be pinned to your past. Let Jesus make much of you. He tells the people in Zacchaeus’ story that’s exactly why He came. 
  • Are you tired of me talking about that thing you are setting free this week?! Well, guess what? Jesus isn’t! He really does want you to be a new creation. He wants you to be set free. Visualize that balloon floating away one more time. Pray a prayer of gratitude today. Thank God for specific changes in your life that you’ve made or He’s made in you. 

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor

Luke: Through Treetops - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Mar 11, 2015

So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree beside the road, for Jesus was going to pass that way.
 
Everyone loves getting a package delivered to them. I’m certainly no exception. I get so anxious when I hear a diesel engine rumble by. “Is that the delivery guy?!” I hop up and run to the door. Alas, it’s usually my Nicholasville brethren in their lifted pickup trucks ... not my parcel coming. But I wait near the door in enthusiastic anticipation. Because when whatever it is I’m waiting for finally arrives, I think it’ll change my life. 
 
It’s usually a bicycle component or some electronic gadget. And usually, when the big brown truck finally delivers it, I open it up and immediately put it into use. I’m so excited. So enthralled by the thing I anticipated. It’s new and shiny and makes my life easier, or makes my bike prettier. In reality, though, it eventually gets dirty or breaks or fades. I can look around my garage and see things for which I stared out the window, awaiting their arrival. I can open up the top drawer of my dresser and find gadgets that I’ve stopped using. Oh, when they were on their way to my house, though, I thought they were so wonderful. 
 
I love Zacchaeus’ enthusiasm when he pursues Jesus. Many of us would climb a tree for a new Apple Watch or tickets to the Prince concert or those new shoes. Yes, we’d even climb to catch a glimpse of Jesus. But our attention often fades on the worldly. Unfortunately, we eventually stop climbing the tree to see our Savior, too. 
 
Where are you this week? Has your enthusiasm for seeing Jesus waned? Do you catch yourself fighting for and being excited about stuff more than you’re excited about Him?
  • Examine your enthusiasm today. Ask yourself what you could do to get a better glimpse of Jesus today. Is it time in the Word? More time in prayer? Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal what kind of tree you need to climb to see Him today.

Derrick Purvis
Formation Pastor


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