Then Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.
Now behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus who was a chief tax collector, and he was rich.
And he sought to see who Jesus was, but could not because of the crowd, for he was of short stature.
So he ran ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see Him, for He was going to pass that way.
And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him, and said to him, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down , for today I must stay at your house."
So he made haste and came down, and received Him joyfully.
But when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, "He has gone to be a guest with a man who I s a sinner.
Then Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord, I give half of my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone by false accusation, I restore fourfold.
And Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house because he also is a son of Abraham;
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost." Luke 19:1-10
So, have you ever really thought about the people in your life who are 'in a tree' watching you pass by because they're hoping to catch a glimpse of heaven? Zacchaeus was a tax collector and no one would have thought that he would be interested in seeing Jesus. There are people like Zacchaeus in yours and my life as well, who, like Zacchaeus, have gone ahead and positioned themselves to have just the right spot to watch and wait. There they are, secretly hoping and longing for a glimpse of the power of God in action.
Zacchaeus had thought that he was spying on Jesus unnoticed by all but he was wrong. At just the right moment Jesus saw him because he knew. He knew that this tax collectors heart was open to an invitation from heaven. Jesus looked up and called to Him by name in just the right moment. In just the right moment Zacchaeus received his invitation to come meet with heaven!
You and I have people in our lives who like Zacchaeus are waiting and watching and it is up to us as ambassadors and servants of the Most High to be looking for just the right moment to issue their invitations to "make haste" so that they too can "receive Him joyfully."
Word of advice ... Do what Jesus did ... 'look up' and He will show you those who have hearts that are hoping for a glimpse. He knows every 'in a tree' tax collector in your life.