Do you feel small and insignificant, wishing you were important? Maybe you're just waiting for someone to be interested in you. There is someone today who knows more than your name.

This is a passage from Luke 19:1-6 of God's Word. "Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zaccheus. He was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not because of the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to see Him once Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, He looked up and said to him, 'Zaccheus, come down immediately! I must stay at your house today.' So he came down at once and welcomed Him gladly."

This turned out to be the most life-changing day Zaccheus ever lived. He not only invited Jesus into his house, but ultimately into his life that day. He had felt small his whole life, and as a greedy tax collector had treated other people as if they were small. Suddenly he became bigger. In verse 8 he says, "Look, Lord, here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I've cheated anybody out of anything I will pay back four times the amount." His life was changed and it all began when Jesus called him by name.

They'd never met, but although Zaccheus didn't know Jesus, Jesus knew Zaccheus. He also knows you. In fact, Jesus has been lovingly pursuing a relationship with you for a long time. The Bible says in 1 John 4:19, "We love Him because He first loved us." He knows much more than your name. He knows your pain, your dreams, and all the details of your life. He knows your failures and your sins. He has seen and felt them all.

Maybe you're thinking, "Well, He wouldn't be interested in a relationship with me." Don't underestimate His love. Romans 5:8 says that "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Because of His deep, deep love for you, God's Son gave His life as the payment for the death penalty you deserve. For quite a while now He's been trying to get your attention.

You may be hearing His voice in your heart, and He's calling you by name. He's inviting you to respond to His love, to put all your trust in Him, to have your sins erased from God's Book, and to receive eternal life in heaven. Hasn't it been one-way love long enough? The Savior is coming to you. The day when He calls your name can be your "God day," the one when you open your life to the greatest love a man or woman can know. If Jesus is calling, answer Him. You can't afford to miss His call!

            

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