CONNECT TO – PEOPLE – BE A FRIEND
Everyone needs somebody. From the richest of the rich with their extravagant lifestyles, to the humblest of souls, trying to make it through another day of challenges and heartache. We all need a friend.
Unfortunately, in a culture of people living in the fast lane, consumed with getting ahead, or working to stay afloat, many are not connecting to the people they share their lives with.
In fact, a study done by the General Social Survey shows that the number of Americans that say they have no close friends has tripled in the last several years. When asked how many “confidants” they have, the most common response is “zero”.
TIME MAGAZINE ONLINE – FRIENDS http://time.com/3748090/
This is not a new problem. Throughout history, people have put themselves in situations of isolation, making friendship a distant need that does not get fulfilled. Jesus went out of His way to create an encounter for such a one as this.
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through.
2 A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3 He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. 4 So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5 When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.”
6 So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7 All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” 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.
Luke 19:1-10 NIV
No one went unnoticed by Jesus if they had a hungry heart. It never mattered their status in life. It never mattered what others would say or think. He was always reaching to connect to the person that was “highlighted” to Him by the Holy Spirit in the moment.
In the same way, Holy Spirit is asking us, as sons and daughters, to have that same kind of connection to the Father, so we have the ability to be that same kind of friend who will take the opportunity to connect them to God.
Every day, we make a choice to either connect with our co-workers, neighbors, and people in proximity to us or we can busy ourselves in such a way, that we don’t even see the ones stuck up in a tree looking for a reason to hope again.
Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem to be celebrated and to carry out His Divine purpose. However, He was never so focused on the task and the mission, that He overlooked the ones who were the mission-lost humanity.
Today, let me walk through my day looking for those who are up in the tree of despair, anxiety, sickness, or depression, and make it my purpose to connect with them. I want to bring them so much hope that they come down from that tree to meet You, Jesus. I am here for You; I am making myself available for You, God. Whether it is as simple as taking a co-worker to lunch, or inviting the neighbor over for dessert and coffee, or going into a seemingly dangerous place, I will go for You. I am aware Lord, that I am a carrier of Your Glory, God.
So when people come into contact with me, they are coming into an atmosphere that is life changing. I am stepping up and I am stepping out.
I will never underestimate what Holy Spirit can and will do through me to benefit those You put me in contact with. Thank You Lord!
DOES ANYBODY HEAR HER? – CASTING CROWNS
SOLUTION – HILLSONG UNITED
FRIEND FOREVER – DELIRIOUS
TEAR DOWN THE WALLS – HILLSONG UNITED
WHERE YOU GO I GO – BETHEL MUSIC