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In one of my favorite Andy Griffith Show episodes, a visiting pastor tells the congregation to “Slow down. What's your hurry?” The citizens of Mayberry tried so hard to slow down, they wore themselves out.

We should slow down from time to time and take in all of God's beauty and splendor. A long afternoon picnic is very relaxing. A well deserved vacation is even more so. The speed of life slows down allowing us to admire God's handy work in the beauty of our country, as well as other parts of the world.

But if there's ever a time not to slow down, it's choosing to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.

In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 19, there's the story of Jesus and a man named Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus lived in Jericho and was a publican, that is, a tax collector. Being a tax collector made him very unpopular with his fellow citizens because taxpayers were wealthy, generally because they overcharged people on their taxes so they could dip their hands into the till and keep the overages for themselves. And to top this off, Zacchaeus was a short, little man. So, you can imagine the frustration and disdain the people of Jericho felt toward him. Big, brawny men handing over their hard earned money to this little squirt of a man.

Then one day Jesus passed through Jericho. A large crowd had gathered to see Him, and Zacchaeus, being short in stature, climbed a sycamore tree to get a good look at this Man from Galilee.

As Jesus passed by him, He told Zacchaeus to “Make haste and come down from that tree. Today I must stay with you.”

Jesus did not say, “I'll be back here in a couple of days, so when you're ready come on down.” He said to “Make haste.” Jesus wanted to stay at Zacchaeus' house. Zacchaeus was a sinner, yet Jesus let him know he wanted to see him and stay with him. His response was one of repentance. He gave half of his goods to the poor. He promised to pay back those he had cheated fourfold.

But people could not understand Jesus' reasoning. Why would He lower Himself to stay at a sinner's house. But who above all else needs salvation? A sinner!

By telling Zaccaeus to make haste, Jesus was saying not to waste time when accepting the Son of Man. And if we replace the word “house” with “soul”, we see Jesus wanted to live in a sinner's, Zacchaeus, soul. And Zacchaeus repented and accepted Jesus. The tree he was in can be used as something we as sinners cling to. Something of this world. Farther up the tree we go and see no way of coming down. Then, one day, Jesus passes by and says, “Make haste. Come down out of the tree. I want to stay with you.”

Why make haste? Because in 2 Corinthians we read, “NOW is the accepted time. NOW is the Day of Salvation.” Not a few days from now. Not a week from now. TODAY! Tomorrow is not promised in God's Word.

Is Jesus is passing your way and calling out to you? Then don't wait for Him to pass by another time. There may not be another time to accept Him. Come down out of your tree. Make haste!!

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Comment by marty mccrorey on September 1, 2012 at 11:26am

i completely agree charles. although sinners do need to accept God as as soon as possible, Christians should always make haste to be one with the Lord. i'm under the belief that a Christian can never rededicate too often. after all, we still sin after accepting Christ. we should not waste time after realizing something we have done takes us away from Christ. glad you liked the blog.

God bless you more.

Comment by Charles Burwell on September 1, 2012 at 11:09am

marty

 

I like this post.   I am reminded of when I used to live in the mountains of NC . I used to do a lot of mountain hiking. It was one of my favorite ways to communicate with God. I would go deep  into the woods by a stream or waterfall or high overlook and just calm myself before God. 

 

While doing this I was actually making haste towards God because I was getting away from all the distractions of this world and allowing His creation to bring a calmness to my heart and mind.

 

While I realize that you were referring to sinners making haste to turn to God I believe that it is good for believers to ' make haste' toward God as well. Make haste to turn from anything that offends Him and keeps us from the uninterrupted fellowship that He desires to have with us.  By putting off the hastening into His presence we only hurt ourselves.

 

God bless you .

Comment by marty mccrorey on September 1, 2012 at 2:46am

thanks richard. very true words. we as a nation continue moving away from God when we should be getting closer to Him.

God bless you, brother.

Comment by Richard L. Broch, Sr. on August 31, 2012 at 8:45pm

Marty,

 

Well said.

We, as a nation make haste for secular reasons.

How about making haste for eternal reasons.

 

Keep up the good blogs.

Grace and Peace. 

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