Heartburn #2: The Strength of Sacrifice
For the past couple of weeks we have been talking about "Having Nothing but Offering Everything". Check out our summary talk here. Also if you notice the picture below. We had the chance to have Carla Vanderzee share her story about the impact time has had with people in her life.
"When I'm spending time with Jesus it comes natural for me to see others through His eyes! It's natural to desire to spend time with others and invest in their lives! It comes natural to give my time and not be selfish with it! People and spending time with them seem to become more important to me than my possessions.I also become more in tune with God, and His prompts!"
- Carla Vanderzee
“Maximizing the Moment”
There is strength in sacrifice. Time is one of the best ways that we could use to bless others around us. We are isolated, busy, and frankly it is making us grumpy. What a blessing to have someone take time and pull you out of your day to day and simply maximize a moment. Not only as Christian-to-Christian. But, we live in a world dying to hear the message of Jesus and if we never have a moment to give then who knows what moments we allow to pass us by?
In Luke 19:1-10 we see the power that time had in Zaccheaus’ life to bring about change just through spending time with him. Jesus was busy healing and teaching, but stopped.
1. He took time to notice people (Luke 19:1-4).
Jesus did something that did not make sense. He stopped everything to take notice of a man in a tree that was observing from the outside. Is there one person in your life on the sidelines? They are curious about God and his life, yet needing you to just take a moment to notice.
- Is there a Zaccheaus in your life?
Jesus was a hard worker however he was alert and sensitive to the Fathers voice. He was always looking around and observing. He took time to notice who was around and willing to go outside his regular path to connect with someone, even if it was just one.
2. Extended an intentional invite (Luke 19:5-6).
Jesus did not only notice the man in the tree, Jesus asked if he would spare a couple hours to have a dinner together to discuss spiritual issues.
- What can you do to be intentional about having spiritual conversations?
Just open the door. You might be surprised at the response you get. Try praying... God do you want me to connect with this person and give them some of my time?
3. Don’t make assumptions about who is worthy of your time (Luke 19:7).
Every person has value! God may lead you to notice and give your time to someone who people would think are not worth their time. Zacchaeus would have been considered a big sinner, as he was the tax collector in that area. Tax collectors were often known for cheating people and using their power to keep a portion of money for themselves.
- What assumptions have you made about people in your life?
4. It takes time for change (Luke 19:8-10)
Before the end of the night Zacchaeus was a different man. He experienced a new transformation from the inside out. It took time to change! It takes time to impact someone in a positive way.
Did you catch the response of Zaccheaus? There was a distinct transformation of storing up treasures on earth… to storing up treasures in heaven! Not only that but he found everything he needed in Jesus. Time changes a heart. A changed heart is willing to give up everything to have everything in Jesus.
“8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Challenge & Prayer
Have you given anybody the gift of time lately? When was the last time you hit the pause button on your overburdened schedule to have an hour or two with someone asking questions about God? You offer them everything with Jesus. Pray and ask that God to bring a person too mind.
Have Nothing. Offer Everything