This week, I would like to continue sharing with you about Jesus Christ and the private interviews he granted while he was on earth. Each of these interviews has something special for you. Within each interview, you must see yourself sitting there and asking Jesus Christ questions which he alone has the answers for.
Closeness is the master key to fruitfulness. We often want complicated things to understand but think carefully. You cannot have a child unless you are close to someone in a certain way. This closeness is not achieved by sitting next to an individual at church at a function. Neither is it the closeness of niceness. We all pretend to be extremely nice and extravagant but there are areas of our lives that stink. Until we can learn to relate in all aspects of ourselves, including the stinking areas, you will not bear fruits. We must know each other in the smelling parts. All husbands and wives know themselves in the smelling parts and that is why they can bear fruits. You have people who come to church smiling and perfect but nothing is perfect. Stop pretending and stop trying to be so good. We are tired of artificialness! Those who come as they are, are the ones that do well. Coming for a closer interview where you speak from your heart and your heart is heard will cause you to bare fruits.
“And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich (Luke 19:1-2). This is one of the most amazing private interactions in the entire Bible. “And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature (Luke 19:3). Anyone who is short today, your disadvantage is turning into an advantage for you today. God is using whatever looks like a disadvantage in your life into a disadvantage. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:4-10).
One of the blessings of putting aside the closeness of niceness and coming into the closeness of reality is what happened to Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was not a good person and it was known by everyone. So, just because you are bad does not mean you should stay away. Your sins do not mean stay away. Your faults do not mean stay away. Your shortcomings do not mean stay away. Just because of one sin, you have decided to stay far. Get the spirit that Zacchaeus had and decide to be close! God is used to sinners. Nothing you have done is new to him. Neither does it shock him. Become like Zacchaeus and come close! Decide today that your badness will not keep you away from God.