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Late Bloomer

Late Bloomers

 mums         Once in while we hear the phrase that he or she is a “late bloomer”.    So what is a late bloomer?   A late bloomer is that person who has not yet reached a point where they have discovered their potential and are on the road toward realizing their true abilities and talents. They are existing in a dormant stage, quietly waiting to be encouraged, motivated, and nurtured.  Once they are believed in, they can believe in themselves, and realize that they have something to offer.  The chain reaction continues and their lives begin to bloom.  Their true purpose explodes onto the scene of life with an array of color attracting those who once viewed them as insignificant.

          For 30 years Jesus lived in obscurity with only a few moments of his life recorded, but then, when the time was right, appeared on the world stage being baptized in the river Jordan by John the Baptist.  He later visited his hometown of Nazareth seeking those who wanted to be spiritually awakened.  On a Sabbath day, he astounded many by reading from the book of Isaiah as recorded in Luke 4:16-22.

Luke 4: 16-22:

16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. 17 And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,     because he has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives     and recovering of sight to the blind,     to set at liberty those who are oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

20 And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 And he began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 And all spoke well of him and marveled at the gracious words that were coming from his mouth. And they said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?”

          In verse Luke 4: 22 some said, “Is not this Joseph’s son?” meaning that Jesus was different; Jesus was not the same as they had remembered.  His ministry had now blossomed into what God had intended.  He was anointed by God, looking for all who were ready to excel spiritually.  From the verses above we can see that Jesus was searching to discover those that wanted to become significant and purposeful, those realizing that they had something deep in their hearts that needed awakened, those longing to blossom spiritually.  Jesus gives that opportunity.   Jesus encourages and nurtures all who are yearning for God.  In Luke  19: 1-10 we see this yearning.      zacc

One such heart was waiting to encounter Jesus, and he wanted to be vastly different than he was at that moment.  He pushed through the crowd trying to get close to Jesus.  This man’s name was Zacchaeus.  Zacchaeus was a rich man, a chief tax collector, who was considered a sinner who had betrayed his people by collecting Roman taxes, and in their eyes he was spiritually dead.

Eagerly wanting to meet Jesus, he climbed up in a tree so he could catch a glimpse of Jesus over the crowds.   Then the moment that changed his life occurred, which is recorded in Luke 19:5:   “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.”

Jesus recognized a person ready to bloom.   Jesus in essence was saying to Zacchaeus, ‘I believe in you, you are significant, and regardless of what others think about you, deep down, you have spiritual potential in the coming kingdom.’

I can just see Jesus walking off with Zacchaeus, leaving those behind that still held the view that Zacchaeus was a worthless human being.

Luke 5: 7:   “And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.”

From the encouragement of Jesus, Zacchaeus’ response was incredible.   In verse 8:  And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor.  And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.”

Jesus could see what they could not see, a man who was seeking to be significant, purposeful, wanting to be with the One who knew him for what he really was, a repentant person.  The chain reaction continued unlocking his spiritual potential.  Jesus lived the words from the book of Isaiah recorded in Luke 4:16-22:

18 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,     because he has anointed me     to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives     and recovering of sight to the blind,     to set at liberty those who are oppressed,kid-lost-in-crowd 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”

Jesus perceives your potential as well, sees you as a significant person, and wants to give you a purposeful life.  Are you pushing through a crowded life, climbing to see Jesus?  Jesus understands you and wants to come into your life.  God has a plan for you, and it is never too late.  I invite you to visit the link below.

                                                                                           Dave

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