by Jerry Branch

Are You a Sideliner: Lessons from Zacchaeus
Gerald Branch
Luke 19:1-10

We've been dealing with the issue of faith these past weeks…faith for both the Christian and for the church...and we saw that if we're going to please God, which should be our very desire, then we've got to demonstrate this thing called FAITH.

We looked at 6 areas of faith that should be present in our lives IF we are really demonstrating our faith...

1) Faith is believing even before we see what God has for us.
2) Faith is obeying God even when it doesn't make sense.
3) Faith is giving even before we have an abundance to give out of.
4) Faith is persisting even when we don't feel like it.
5) Faith is thanking God before we receive what we've asked for.
6) Faith is trusting God even when we don't have the answer to our prayers yet.

The Lord took me to Luke for today's message, because it continues to show what it really means to have faith-in-action. This passage speaks to the fact that:

A. Zacchaeus wanted to see (that's like us today wanting vision)
B. Zacchaeus was willing to go out on a limb (he realized he had to get out of the crowd)
C. Zacchaeus took action to find Jesus (went to a place where he could see)
D. Zacchaeus saw what he sought (he made contact and saw Jesus)
E. Zacchaeus was challenged to take action (he had to choose to obey)
F. Zacchaeus was blessed (salvation came to him)

So let's look at what God is saying to you and me today...

First, off, as we read v2, we see something interesting...look at this... There was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.

Right off, that tells us that Jesus is an 'equal opportunity Savior' can be rich or poor, and Jesus can change your life.

The Message Bible says, in v.3...He wanted desperately to see Jesus, but the crowd was in his way

You know something? To see where Jesus is and where He is working, you've usually got to get out of the crowd. What's the crowd? ...

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