The Zacchaeus Story : No One is Disadvantaged…

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Luke 19:3 (KJV) And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

Eccl.9:11 (AMP) I returned and saw under the sun…neither is bread to the wise nor riches to men of intelligence and understanding nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.

Things are not always as they seem in life. Besides, looks can be very deceptive and distractive on the pathways to significance. Therefore without doubt, we would need more than meets our naked eyes to fulfill destiny.

Consider this true life account:

All the odds were against Zacchaeus.

Being a man of little stature, he was obviously disadvantaged- paralyzed by circumstances beyond his control; and absolutely without any fault of his …

“If only my very short dad had married a much taller woman…” he often wished.

Moreover, the fact that everyone around Zacchaeus was much taller than he made them seem better equipped for life and more qualified for every good thing life has to offer- including THIS golden opportunity before him right now…

And judging from the number of ‘better privileged‘ and ‘more fortunate‘ people around, he definitely stood no chance at all in this contest and context- or how on earth could he ever catch a glimpse of Jesus- let alone gain his audience amidst this mammoth crowd of taaaaaaaaalllllllllllll people…

Doubtlessly, he stood no chance!

As he was just about giving up however, he had a nudge deep within to stay on. Something told him deep inside that even though his chances were slim in this life, never so with the Lord!

Furthermore, he considered that even if people around him seemed to be more fortunate, more naturally endowed, and better equipped for life than he, they could only limit his chances if he wallowed in the murky waters of self pity and got himself crippled by intimidation.

He then concluded that defeat on the outside would always follow defeat on the inside.

Surely!
Naturally!!
Definitely!!!

After all, on his last visit to the synagogue hadn’t he heard the citation that the race doesn’t have to be won by the swift or yet the battle by the strong?

Hadn’t the rabbi explained that opportunities cut across and that people wouldn’t have to lose the race of life to those who have it all by this world’s standard- if they would rather be preoccupied with how to take the bull by the horn and maximize every opportunity that comes their way?

And didn’t the rabbi go on to exhort that people wouldn’t have to lose out in life, their limitations notwithstanding if they would only try?

Bearing all these in mind Zacchaeus concluded that THIS golden opportunity was worth the try…

(Next: The Root Of The Matter)

Prayer:

Lord,

Please deliver me from the defeatist attitude which paralyses men and prevents them from seizing life’s opportunities.

Help me to always remember that even if my chances seem limited by life’s circumstances, my chances are never limited with YOU; for You are the God of, not just the second chance, but many chances.

Amen!

Funmi Adebayo (c) 2013

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