Crowds traveled the dusty streets of Jerusalem to find the Savior. Multitudes flocked the hills to learn about the treasures of His kingdom, and many huddled in the temple to hear His words. Although thronged by the crowd, Jesus made time for some personal encounters. For example, Zacchaeus was looking for Jesus, but I bet He didn’t expect Jesus to also be looking for Him. Jesus could have ignored Zacchaeus who was sitting high up in the tree. He already had enough people swarming Him. He could have passed on without a glance. Nevertheless, He stopped, called Zacchaeus by name and told him to come down. What did Zacchaeus do? “He came down at once and welcomed him gladly ” (Luke 19: 6).
You may or may not be searching for Jesus, but He is seeking for and wants to save the lost. He wants to present His offer of a new life to you because He is, “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3: 9).
What will you do when Jesus finds you?
The Disciples Left Everything: When Jesus found Peter and Andrew, “at once they left their nets and followed him.” When Jesus found Matthew, he “got up and followed Him.” James and John were out with their father in the fishing boat. When Jesus found them, “immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.” There was no discussion and no hesitation. Their response was an act of faith, obedience and urgency to the call of Jesus.
The Woman at the Well Testified: If you don’t know the story, John gives a beautiful rendition in chapter 4. Jesus got to the well before she did, He was waiting for the disciples, but the woman came on just in time. The woman new about the messiah, but didn’t know that He was standing in front of her. Jesus revealed secrets that no one else could. First, He revealed Himself as the source of “living water,” the source of ultimate satisfaction so that she will not “thirst again.” Next He revealed the details of her life that needed sorting out. How did she respond? She requested a drink of the living water, then “she left her water pot, and went her way into the city, and saith to the men, Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?” Her response was willingness to accept her flaws, change her life and readiness to share the truths that she found. Just because of her testimony, many of the villagers believed on Jesus and were saved.
Salvation is offered to every one of us. Whether you are searching or not, there will be a time when we also will have a personal encounter with Jesus, the Savior. He will reveal truths about Himself and He will reveal life changing truths about ourselves. He will call us, just as He called the disciples. He will say, “follow me.”
What will you say to Him when He finds you? What will your response be?
It’s so difficult to drop everything and pick up His cross. It’s challenging to change our circumstances and lifestyle to live a life pleasing in the sight of God. But, one day, Jesus will look at you just like He did Zacchaeus, and He’ll say “come down, from the heights of pride and humble yourself before Me.” Will you like Zacchaeus readily come down and humbly give back to others in service to God?
He will find you at the well, trying to draw all that you can from this world. He’ll say, “I can offer you much more than the perishables of this world can.” Will you leave your water pot and go running to witness for Him? Notice that the woman left her water pot. Something as vital as water, something very necessary for her life was now second place. The gospel became first place, she could get water later. When Jesus calls, everything else should take a back seat.
Many are calling out “Jesus” in this world, just like when He was on earth. Jesus is also making His rounds, knocking on the door of every human heart. He is the good shepherd, hunting for His lost sheep. The good thing about common sheep is that they know their shepherd’s voice. As for us humans, there is so much noise in this world, crowding out the pure voice of the TRUE Shepherd. That’s one reason Jesus is making personal stops, so that you will know for sure it’s Him.
How will you respond when Jesus stops by your door? Will you open the door and fully welcome Him in? Will you open the door but leave Him standing outside? Or, will you keep the door shut, even though you know He is out there knocking?
What will you do when Jesus finds you?
Revelation 3: 20, Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to Him, and will sup with Him, and He with me