Have you ever been overlooked?
If you have, maybe you have felt that it isn't fair especially if someone undeserving received what you were after. You can’t understand it.
Recently I heard a story about this very thing. The story was about a man named Zacchaeus. I have heard the story many times before, but this time it made a different impression.
Zacchaeus was a tax collector. Back in his day that meant he was basically the scum of the earth in the eyes of the common people. He cheated them out of money and caused oppression to their families.
Then one day a well-known man walked into town. Everyone was trying to get an audience with him. Zacchaeus being vertically challenged climbed up into a tree to get a sight of this man who was being swarmed by the crowds. The man looks up above the crowd and sees Zacchaeus in the tree. He calls for him to come down and says “Zacchaeus, I will be dining at your house tonight.”
The crowd was taken back. Shock entered their hearts and mind. Displeasure over the decision was made known. How could this man, whose name was Jesus, in all his righteousness eat with the sinner of all sinners!
Ever felt like this? Your righteousness overlooked. Oh come on admit it! We all get a case of the “It’s not fair!”
I can imagine the crowd’s heartbreak! But something amazing happened that evening at dinner. Because of his encounter with Jesus, Zacchaeus had a heart change. He even vowed to repay the people he had cheated 4 times what he had taken from them! Not impressed?
Let this speak to you: Maybe when you feel overlooked God is actually working something much greater to your good.
You see not only did Jesus, by His grace, change the heart of Zacchaeus, but He also provided justice to those Zacchaeus had cheated.
Think about it, maybe God is working out a blessing for you by showing grace to someone else!
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.