THE WORD SIROCCO
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Theme : Purpose
Topic : Spiritual Elevation
And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.
The accomplishing of our purposes, as believers, is not entirely a matter of natural effort. It cannot be achieved by might, neither by power, but by the Spirit of God (Zechariah 4:6). Fulfilling our purposes will bring us face to face with obstacles and into battles – not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of the darkness of this world, and spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). These battles are not fought at ground level. They are won at an elevated level of spirituality.
This stage of Zacchaeus’ encounter with Christ involved his climbing up into the sycomore tree. The sycomore tree was a type of Christ and by climbing up into it Zacchaeus received spiritual elevation in Christ. Zacchaeus was incorporated in Christ when he was in the sycomore tree. Zacchaeus in his natural being could not fulfil the purpose of God for his life. He climbed up into the sycomore tree for spiritual transformation that empowered him to fulfil God’s purpose.
Jesus Christ declared that when He is lifted up, He’ll draw all men to Himself (John 12:32). Like Zacchaeus, we were elevated spiritually, through His death, to sit with Him far above principalities and powers (Ephesians 1:21; 2:6). We have been graced with spiritual elevation, and we must use our elevated positions to fulfil the purpose for which we were called by God.
1. Pray that God will open your eyes of your spirit to know who you are in Jesus Christ.
2. Pray also that God will give you the grace to contribute fully to the realisation of the purpose of the Body of Christ.
“Zacchaeus – Encounter with Jesus Christ” by Eastwood Anaba
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THE WORD SIROCCO