God is extremely hungry for more of us. While our heart cries towards God are usually “MORE! MORE!” God at the same time has the same heart’s cry towards us, yet even more so. You see, while we may be truly from the heart seeking and wanting more of God, we don’t know the fullness of how to direct that zeal. God gives us the perfect example of what hungry is, He shows us what true sacrifice is, and all we need to do is follow His lead.
Matthew 28:18-Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
God always makes Himself available to us! He is always with us. He sacrifices 100 percent of His time just to be with us. He spends every second of every day chasing us and calling us. He leaves Himself completely vulnerable, open to ridicule, not caring what people think about Him or His children. He’ll save a rapist just as fast as He’ll save someone who has never wronged anyone, and not think twice about what people think. He’ll forgive us over and over and over again, his unfailing grace is another way that He makes himself available to us. He tells us that no matter what we’re going through, no matter how much sin we’re stuck in, he wants us just as we are, the other stuff He’ll deal with later after a relationship has been established.
Job 14:15- You will call and I will answer you; you will long for the creature your hands have made. 16 Surely then you will count my steps but not keep track of my sin.
Rev 3: 20-Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me.
So as we continue to say that we are hungry for God and say we want more and more of Him and His presence in our lives, we need to also look and see if our lifestyle lines up with what we’re saying. God doesn’t just say He wants more of us, His actions show it by the way He makes Himself available to us. How available do we make ourselves to God? He gives 100 percent of His time to us, what’s the percentage of time we give to Him? He is waiting always for us to call out to Him, He’ll stay up all night if we’re willing to spend that time with Him. He’s ready whether it is 3pm or 3am.
Luke 19:1-Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. 5When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. 7All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’ ” 8But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” 9Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
He makes Himself open to ridicule for us, do we do the same for Him or are we afraid to let it go that far? Are we willing to embrace someone that we may be judged for embracing? Zacchaeus was a notorious sinner, a tax collector known for cheating people out of money. The people were disgusted that Jesus would eat with such a man, but Jesus was simply submitting to His Father’s will for this man to be called and saved. If God told us to befriend a prostitute or a pedophile openly in front of all of our friends or co-workers, what would we do? Are we willing to be open to judgment by our friends, family, or anyone else for the sake of Christ? Jesus, in His just 3 years of ministry here on earth, showed this multiple times where He embraced people who were adulterers, tax collectors, and fornicators. He accepted them as they were and through their encounter with Him their lives were changed.
How hungry are you for God? How much time are you really ready to spend with Him? How much are you willing to let him change you? To what extent will you serve him?