“He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today."” Luke 19:1-5 ESV
Lately the Lord has been reminding me of this passage of scripture. I love this story. I've known it since I was just a child, but to be honest I couldn't place my finger on why God was showing me this passage again until recently. In the business of being the Assistant Burn Wagon Director and planning several different missions trips at once, it's easy to forget the history of where it all began.
Ten years ago a bunch of pretty normal people no different than yourself, desired to see God sweep across our nation. They weren't experts in revival or evangelism. They weren't the most talented and gifted group, but they had a desire. They wanted to see Jesus and His love bring this Nation back to the Father. So the 30 of them climbed into an old greyhound bus, and took off. They didn't know what they were doing at all. They just knew that they had to see Jesus in this nation. For what else are you really supposed to do when you have a longing to see revival? Wait around for it to happen? No, of course not! You go after it in whatever way you can!
Did you catch that? You see, Zacchaeus had a longing to see something too. He wanted to see who Jesus was. I can guarantee you that Zacchaeus had no idea Jesus would call him down from that tree, (much less invite Himself over to his house) the same way I can guarantee that none of us thought we would be doing this for ten years in a row now. Yet this desire that burst forth out of Zacchaeus, the very thing that caused him to take action, forever changed his life. Why? He knew that if he was going to see Jesus, he needed to make it happen. He couldn't contain the desire he had. If there's one thing that I've learned through my few years of leading Burn Wagons, it's that God is never the one who is holding back revival. It's us.
I often find myself in a similar boat as Zacchaeus. I have many desires, and to name one, I desire to see the church of America unified and this nation set ablaze by another Great Awakening. But I, like Zacchaeus, often find myself to be shorter than the crowds around me. I can't help but wonder how many times I've been on the cusp of revival and seeing the very things my heart longed for, but missed out because I didn't act on it - probably too many to count. Yet because God's grace is so sufficient, I still fully believe that revival is simply a tree climb away.
Zacchaeus had something that I think many of us lack. Simply put, he knew how to act on his desires. He wouldn't let the unknown stop him.
"I can't see over the crowds, but that's no problem! I'll just climb this tree if I want to see who Jesus is."
Although I'm sure he didn't say it quite like this, Zacchaeus knew he had to do the obvious to see Jesus - get to higher ground. Or, in his case, climb a tree. We often overlook the obvious so much that we miss out on something great. If you want to see revival, then maybe you should climb into a van with a bunch of people who have that same desire for three weeks this summer.
Our small and obvious, or even seemingly insignificant decisions of acting on these God-given desires are what bring revival. Don't miss out on what God has for you just because you can't see over the crowds. I'll be honest, I feel the weight of what we are doing this summer; sending out four teams into the US. I don't always know what I'm doing, believe it or not! I don't know how this will all come together, but I do know that God gave us this dream of seeing revival in America. I know that I have to act on it, even if it's just climbing into a van and traveling across the US for three weeks.
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