Don’t Miss a Visit From the King on Account of the Way He Is Dressed

The Holiness of the Here and Now – Part 44

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully.

–Luke 19:5-6 (ESV)

Imagine a king arrives for a visit, disguised as a common man. If you know he is the king you will treat him differently than would someone else, who sees only his outward appearance.

–Jean Pierre de Caussade

Imagine the joy and surprise of Zacchaeus. As we are told in the nineteenth chapter of Luke, he had climbed a tree just to get a closer look at Jesus. But he got so much more than a look.

The King came to Zacchaeus’s house that day, but now, he is ready and able to come to your house every day. His disguise, however, is so unexpected that, even when we are forewarned, we still miss it. It is hard for us to imagine the king of the universe choosing to visit us dressed as a normal moment of an uneventful day. And so the moment passes, we look only at its outward appearance, and we do not receive the royal visitor.

This does not need to happen. You now understand that the King has come to visit you, and that he will continue to come, under the disguise of the present moment. You do not need to miss a visitation. But you must allow him to dress as he likes; you cannot demand that he first change into something more regal.

Your daily routine disguises the King of heaven. If you cannot receive him unless he dresses in nicer clothes, it means that you are dissatisfied with your own life. Therefore, let me say this again: contentment is the key to discernment. You will discern the presence of God in as far as you are content with the clothes he wears when he visits you. What are these clothes? Your life, your world, your circumstances—not as you wish they could be, but as they truly are in the here and now.

The Holiness of the Here and Now is a daily devotional that I am currently working on. When I am finished, there will be 365 chapters like the one above. Meanwhile, I am sharing this work-in-progress. Like the Facebook page to see content like this in your feed.