(Kevin Senapatiratne) For those who have never met me, you should know that I have never been accused of being tall. As a kid, there was never a line to try to get me to sign up to be center for a basketball team. This might be why I have a draw to Zacchaeus. At one of the churches I was pastor, they even had an ongoing joke about me and Zacchaeus. I mean, it would be just like me to have the song I am known for be, “Zacchaeus was a wee little man …” I am still scarred by the song, “Short people got no reason to live.”

But Zacchaeus got something right. And he has some important thoughts for each of us no matter how tall we stand. Zacchaeus is a model of passionate pursuit of Jesus.First, think of the desire he must have had to climb a tree. He had an opportunity to see Jesus and he wouldn’t pass it up. We have a continual opportunity to meet with Jesus so sometimes we take it for granted. Zacchaeus didn’t wait for later to go after Jesus. How much effort will we put into spending time with Jesus? READ MORE