He Looked Out for the Little Guys

"Zacchaeus, come down from that tree. I want to have dinner at your house tonight." This request gave Zacchaeus a tremendous boost in public stature. He was a man who was so short, he had to climb up in a tree to see Jesus.

 Jesus recognized people's insecurities and rushed to reassure them. "Simon," he said, "they call you a flake but I call you the Rock." Another time he said, "Mary Magdalene, they say you are worthy of death but I say you are worthy of life." And yet another time: "Do not push the children back. They should be at the center. In fact, if you want to enter heaven you must become one of them." I sometimes wonder if Jesus wasn't given a choice of transportation into Jerusalem. Elijah got white horses, but maybe Jesus thought the donkey could use a little boost to its self-esteem.

 Jesus was always looking out for and protecting the little ones. King David changed a long-held tradition when he insisted that the ones who stayed behind and guarded the baggage get an equal share of the spoils of the conquest. David believed that "they also serve, who only stand and wait."

 Jesus took the time to see the people in the shadows. The wallflowers. The lepers. The ones nobody wanted to dance with. He asked them to dance. Jesus dined with the elite, but he lived with the little guys…the common folks, the fishermen.

 Perhaps Jesus was sensitive to the unlovely and unloved because he knew what it was like to be considered an outsider. He knew what it felt like to be spit at, mislabeled, and verbally and physically abused. He knew how it felt to be treated like a king one day and a criminal the next.

 When he looked at little Zacchaeus in the tree, he said, "Come stand on equal ground with me. I'd consider it an honor to dine at your house tonight."

 The rich people may have buried Jesus, but the common folks gave him life and joy and companionship.

 Jesus looked out for the little guys.

Do you spend time with the little guys in your organization, or do you constantly position your time and energy with the big guys?

Describe a few of the times you have taken the time to acknowledge the people around you…the ones who serve silently and with little recognition.

How do you use your position to help make your staff feel wonderful, more valued, and encouraged?

From Jesus CEO by Laurie Beth Jones, copyright 1995, Hyperion Publishers.

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