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You're the Tree

Posted by Tim McConnell on

I just came from Café 225 where I was meeting with a new friend when I saw a few of the volunteer counselors from Upward Bound camp last week gathering for coffee. We had a pile of kids and leaders up at Camp Elim last week for our annual Children’s Ministry summer camp, and these two were a part of the volunteer crew making it all happen. It looked like they were beginning to recover. The last I had seen them was Wednesday morning when I ran a few dozen donuts up there to encourage them at their morning meeting. They looked a little frazzled at 7 a.m. that morning.

I shared with them the story of Zacchaeus. I’ve always associated camp with Zacchaeus. You see, Zacchaeus was a tax collector in Jericho. One day, Jesus came passing through on ministry when the crowds gathered around him. Even though Zacchaeus wanted to see Jesus and maybe hear something from Him, he was short in stature and could not see through the crowd. So he climbed a tree, a sycamore tree. He saw Jesus. Jesus saw him. Everything changed.

I told these counselors last week, “Camp is like climbing a tree to see Jesus. These kids are getting out of the crowd and noise, and they are going to get a clear look at Jesus this week. And do you know what that makes you?” “No. What?” they asked. “That makes you the tree.”

We are in a series on the Holy Spirit this month, studying Acts 2. I hope you are in it with us and knowing a little more of God’s power active in your life to make things different. But I wonder, is there someone in your life that needs to see Jesus more clearly? Is there someone you need to get under and lift up to see God in a new way? Are you supposed to be the tree? Let’s not just enjoy our view of Jesus; let’s help others see Him too.

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