“Then Jesus entered and walked through Jericho. There was a man there, his name Zacchaeus, the head tax man and quite rich. He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way—he was a short man and couldn’t see over the crowd. So he ran on ahead and climbed up in a sycamore tree so he could see Jesus when he came by. When Jesus got to the tree, he looked up and said, “Zacchaeus, hurry down. Today is my day to be a guest in your home.”
Our world tells us that unless we are noticed by other people, we are not deserving. Worth is determined by likes and friends and how many people know who we are. But – that is not what matters to God.
When we constantly look for affirmation from others, we forget who God says we are.
Jesus saw you before you ever elevated yourself. Before you ever had Instagram followers, before you were ever popular at school, before everyone knew of you, God knew you. “For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” [Psalm 139:13] If your heart is set and aligned with God, He’s going to use you to further His kingdom.
Jesus knew your name before you climbed your tree. Like Zacchaeus, we get distracted by trying to elevate ourselves. And, like Zacchaeus, we don’t need to do that. Jesus already knows you. Jesus does not care about the amount of followers you have. He cares about the number of followers He has because of you. He knows your name, and He is already so proud of you.
Jesus wants more of you. He wants a relationship – a real, intimate relationship – with you. He wants to invade our homes and our hearts. He wants to dwell in our lives so our lives can be a clear reflection of His grace and love and mercy.
You are wonderfully made. You are strong and brave and smart and so worth it, even when (especially when) the world tells you otherwise. The Creator of the universe knows your name, loves you, and wants to be the center of your world.