Study Material: Luke 19:3-5
3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him:for he was to pass that way.
5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
Have you ever heard about the analysis of people based on whether they see the glass half empty or half full? Well, the school of thought that is when a glass is filled midway, one group of people will see it as being half empty. The other group will see it as being half full. It depends on the angle from which you are viewing it.
Zaccheus was a rich man but with all of his resources, he could not see Jesus. The obstacle was that his money could not buy him access. What did he do? He climbed in order to see Jesus Christ. Often times, in the midst of our problems, we refuse to go a step higher. We refuse to go higher in the Spirit. We stay in the same position and refuse to go higher or dig deeper in trying to see our problem; and subsequently get sight of the solution. When we change positions and go higher, we can get a view that others do not get. We can see solutions that others cannot see.
Going higher requires:
1. Going to a higher level in prayer. Pray more and pray better.
2. Going to a higher level in a relationship with Jesus. Zaccheus went high, but not too high where he would have lost touch with Jesus. One call from Jesus and he was down from the tree.
Take Home Lesson: To overcome obstacles, we must go higher and way above our enemies.
Homework: Ask God to help you to rise above every obstacle by always seeing and interacting with Jesus Christ.