We are praying that your children’s hearts and minds will be forever changed.

From the text of today’s reading:

“Hi, my name is Andrew “Get Smart” Boshell; my daughters name is Liv, and she is the cutest thing in the world! She is only two years old, so she is still learning lots about life. One of the things that make me laugh nearly every day about her is that she thinks she knows best. She believes, for example, that because she wants to go outside, she should. It doesn’t matter to her whether or not she has shoes on, or there’s a storm, or very cold, or dark. She knows only that she would like to go outside and believes that is what would be best for her.

Good thing for her, she has two parents who love and care for her. When I’m with her, I don’t always do what she wants me to do because I have a bigger understanding of things going on around her. If she wants to walk in the street, I know thats a bad idea because there are cars coming. If she wants to drink lots of water before she goes to bed, I only let her have a little because I know she’ll wet the bed and not sleep well. If she wants to stand up in the bathtub, I know that it’s slippery and she doesn’t have good balance and could easily fall. There are lots of things that I see that she doesn’t.

Our relationship with God is very similar. As our Father and Creator. He has lots of insight that we don’t have. He has a much bigger picture of how the world works and what we need than we do. This is called “perspective”. Perspective is how you see things. An easy way to picture the difference in perspective is to imagine that you are looking at the world through a paper towel tube. You can only  see a very limited amount of the world around you, but God gets the whole picture because He created it all and designs every moment for His Glory.

In today’s Bible study, the man that encounters Jesus is having problems with perspective. He is using the world to meet his needs, and is lost to the truth that he has the opportunity to live a good life and be a blessing to the others around him. He is walking around life only concerned with himself and his outcome. He sees people as a tool that he can use to make himself look better and not as people that he can love. He hasn’t allowed the Lord to take control of his life.

This story is a great reminder of how God can open our eyes to see “bigger”. When this change comes, it often impacts many different area of our life because our perspective has an impact on everything that we do. God wants us to open our eyes, and he tells us this by Jesus’ response to the crowd in this story.

PRAY

We ask that the Lord would lead you away from lies and unbelief that could lead you away from Him, and that He would lead you to His truth and standards for your life.

READ

Read the story of Zacchaeus in Luke 19:1-10.

TAKE-AWAY

  1. What did Zacchaeus do for a living? What is usually true about these people?
  2. Why was Zacchaeus in a tree?
  3. How did Jesus know Zacchaeus?
  4. How did the crowd react when Jesus said he was staying with Zacchaeus? Why?
  5. What does Zacchaeus do when he meets Jesus?
  6. How is the life of Zacchaeus changed by his encounter with Jesus?

ASK

  1. Why did Jesus pick Zacchaeus out of the crowd of all the people there?
  2. The story says that Zacchaeus received Jesus “joyfully”. What is interesting about this?
  3. What is wrong with the reaction of the crowd? How are we the same as the people in the crowd?
  4. Why does Zacchaeus give away his possesssions?
  5. What area of your life do you need to give to God and offer Him access to?

MEMORY VERSE

“For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost”
Luke 19:10