Luke 19:5-7 (NLT) reads…
When Jesus came by, he looked up at Zacchaeus and called him by name. “Zacchaeus!” he said. “Quick, come down! I must be a guest in your home today.” Zacchaeus quickly climbed down and took Jesus to his house in great excitement and joy. But the people were displeased. “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner,” they grumbled.
As I read this the other day in my prayer time, five specific words jumped out at me…”But the people were displeased.” When it comes to following Jesus it all boils down to this. Obedience does not guarantee social approval. Zacchaeus was greatly disliked. He had made himself extremely rich through greed and dishonesty. All he desired that day was to get high enough in the tree to ‘see’ Jesus. I’m sure he did not think he was going to experience a divine invitation from the Son of God himself. I’m sure he didn’t awake that morning thinking that he was going to turn over a new leaf.
Jesus brings salvation to a lost man’s family…but the people were displeased. Trust Jesus when he says that he ‘must’ do something with you. Those around you may not approve. They may even question your rationale. When you’re confident of God’s voice and call on your life, who would you rather have approval from…you God in Heaven or everyone else? Be honest. This is a difficult question more times than we would like to admit.