Who do you look up to?

Typically we look up to individuals with competence. We look up to great actors, leaders, and business people who are successful by worldly standards.

On the other hand, we look down upon those who don’t or won’t perform.

Luke 19:1-10 (ESV) is the story of a person that others looked down upon.

2 And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature.

Jewish religious insiders and political loyalists looked down on individuals who had sold their soul to the Roman government. Zacchaeus had chosen money over country, riches over religion and had succeeded beyond his colleagues by becoming the chief tax collector of the oasis city Jericho.

Not only did insiders figuratively look down on Zacchaeus, everyone physically looked down on him. He was short, under 5’ tall. Everyone looked down on him except one. Jesus looked up…

The gospel’s record two occurrences of Jesus looking up. He looked up to God when He blessed 5 pieces of bread and two fish and he looked up to the man everyone else looked down upon.

Luke 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.”

Jesus literally looked up to see Zacchaeus and figuratively he honored this dishonorable one by visiting his home.

Grace honors everyone by extending acceptance to the unacceptable.

I wonder if we are so worried about what others think that we cannot look up to those deemed unworthy. I wonder if we can be like Jesus.

Grace Freak,

Dan Rockwell

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