Love you all, praying for you.
Daily Calls so powerful! Walk with the wise, you grow wise, walk with overcomers, you overcome. Please pray for Luke Gibson and Bridge City Church – that God would build a culture of obeyers, overcomers. Pray for Carl & Darlene and Kelsey – visiting KC, Haleigh and Praise this week in Georgia - that God would bring great encouragement to them as they give their lives in ministry.
God revealing... Last night in Nashville – a couple hundred thousand gathered to see a spectacle. The 2019 NFL draft. And guess who got drafted Number #1. Zaccheaus. Kyler Murray – Barely 5’10” with an updraft, in a culture of 6’5” prototype quarterbacks – 207 lbs? Maybe with rocks in his pocket. The Zacchaeus draft of 2019.
Years ago – there was another draft. But it was a once in a lifetime draft. A greater spectacle passed through a city called Jericho. The Healer – the Miracle Worker – the Dead-Raiser – was passing through the city. And crowds gathered! One guy was on the outside looking in. He was vertically challenged, un-respected, and hated, not only did he not make the NFL Combine – he wasn’t on the radar. He was too short, no talent, and even worse he had no character. Can you imagine any team drafting that? His mistakes haunted him – on video. Irredeemable. Never gonna be drafted… The only thing going for him. He had heard about this Jesus and wanted to see Him. Since no one would even let him in, and He couldn’t see over anyone. He decided to run ahead (of where Jesus was going – and climb up a tree) (Jon on our Daily Call – noticed this ‘childlike’ action)
Luke 19:5-6 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, ‘Zacchaeus, come down, I need to stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. Immediately all the Philly fans started booing. They couldn’t believe that Jesus wasted the first draft pick on this loser! (Luke 19:7 - All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’ – they just couldn’t see it.) The guy that no-one wanted - Jesus took as the #1 Pick? So what made Zacchaeus - Jesus #1 Draft Pick? (wasn’t size, or arm strength, or athleticism, or win-record, or character – so what was it?)
First, He wanted to See Jesus! He pursued Him. Second, He was willing to embarrass himself – His desire for Jesus surpassed his fear of what others might think of Him. Third, He put himself in position to see – He made sure he got a clear view – of Jesus. He knew where Jesus was coming from, and he got himself there – where Jesus was. But the reason Jesus chose him… He had a heart of repentance - a willingness to turn. That was the number one criteria. A man who when He heard the Word of Jesus - was not only an immediate obeyer – He was a radical obeyer.
Luke 19:8 – But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord. . “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” You see this man – deficient in outward appearance, and even past performance – was a perfect fit for the culture of the team Jesus was building – an obedience culture – He drafts obeyers - because that’s what He was - to His Heavenly Father – and strangely enough - in a very short time – He too would climb a tree – on a place called Calvary)
Zacchaeus stood up and said. He committed with His mouth – and he didn’t care who else heard it. He repented, and He turned. His life was forever changed from that day. What started as just wanting to see Jesus – ended up in Jesus coming into His home – and taking over! Like any other NFL Draft pick – from that day forward – His life was forever changed. Just like today – Jesus stands at the door and knocks. He wants to take over your whole life – with the Good that He has for you! As soon as this came out of Zacchaeus mouth - Jesus said to Him - “Today – the Super Bowl Championship has come to this house.” That’s the Superbowl l’m after! Luke 19:9 – Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house… v10 – For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Praying for you – that you would have a heart of repentance and obedience – like Zacchaeus. That you would not waste ANY time worrying or regretting your past – but fully commit to TURN and OBEY from this day forward. And let God do the redeeming work of your life - bringing Championships to your house!
Praying for you - that you would be willing to climb a tree, that what people think would mean nothing to you because what Jesus thinks means everything to you. That PiVAT and PRISM would always position you to see, hear and seek - Jesus. That you would obey immediately, radically – and that your journey of obedience to Christ would be just like His journey of obedience to His Father. That a championship culture and a championship mentality (a Salvation culture, and a Salvation mentality) would take over your heart and your house. To fully obey in the Joy of the LORD. Praying also that God would use you to draft others. That your Daily Calls would grow the heart of obeyers. In Jesus Name.
Love you all,
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