Thinking about how we are called to make a difference in the world I wondered why I wasn’t doing more. Then this morning while studying I realized one of the reasons I am not looking to do more is this – I am afraid of Looking Foolish.
I don’t think any of us want to look foolish in anything we do and as a result we develop this attitude of safety. We only do those things which we know we will be successful in attempting. Taking risks is not part of who we are, sure we think about taking risks but all too often we talk ourselves out of it. What happens if we fail, will people make fun of us? We will lose our standing with our friends, acquantices? Will we look foolish?
This morning I have decided I want to be more like Zacchaues. You remember him don’t you? the tax collector who, at the risk of looking foolish, wanted to see Jesus so badly he decided that he would climb into a Sycamore tree to hopefully catch a glimpse of Him as he passed by.
First, understand we are talking about a man, not a child, who climbed up a tree. I can’t remember the last time I climbed up a tree. Second, his profession was a chief tax collector and finally he was also rich. He was risking looking foolish and possibly total embarrassment if he fell out of the tree.
If I am Zacchaues, I probably would have rationalized myself right out of a life changing event. Well, at least I was close to seeing him. Maybe I will see him another time. I can’t climb that tree, what will the others think. That’s all I need, to get up in that tree and fall out. What a mess that would be – I wouldn’t be able to show my face around here for awhile.
Zacchaeus didn’t wait – he saw an opportunity and took it. And don’t miss this – “when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, because today I must stay at your house.”
Jesus saw Zacchaeus and He will see us as well – anytime that we take risk for His sake. So that’s why today I want to be more like Zacchaeus and be willing to take a risk for Christ – even if I look foolish doing so!