In Luke 19, we come across a tiny phrase of Scripture that holds great weight. Jesus is on his way to meet Zacchaeus (unbeknownst to Zacchaeus) in Luke 19; but the first verse of Luke 19 says this:
“He entered Jericho and was passing through.”
Some background is necessary to appreciate this small phrase. Jericho is equivalent to Beverly Hills or Greenwich, Connecticut today. It was a high-end city—a magnet for the rich and famous. It boasted all the luxuries and comforts that the world offered in that time.
One thing often overlooked about this passage, considering the affluence of the area, is that Luke does not say Jesus came to stay in Jericho. He was passing through the city. This speaks volumes about Jesus. A person with the talent, personality, charisma, and power of Jesus could have easily felt entitled to stay. After all, He was human, and it would be understandable that He might pause to get some much-needed rest. But the greatest moral challenge we face are not choices between right and wrong; they are choices between God’s best and what’s convenient.
What is God calling you to do right now? There are likely several easier options you could choose—paths you could take that don’t require as much of you—comfortable choices that would be all too easy to make. But what is God truly calling you to? Be courageous enough to obey, and to exchange your convenience for God’s very best.
Dr. Derek Grier