Jesus models the kind of leader/shepherd/pastor that we should be. He gave one-on-one attention to individuals, even when there were crowds around Him. Why was this important to Him?
Several examples show that Jesus wanted to invest in the individual. Zacchaeus just wanted to see Jesus. He was not asking for anything other than a look at the Savior. In Luke 19, Jesus passed by the sycamore tree where Zacchaeus had perched himself and stopped, “looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today”” (19:5). We can only imagine the conversation they had in Zacchaeus’ home. As usual, Jesus is criticized for being “the guest of a sinner” (19:7). That did not change Jesus’ care for one person.
Jesus gives that same attention to the woman at Sychar’s well in John 4. In fact, “the disciples… marveled that He was talking with a woman” (4:27). That one-on-one conversation changed the whole town.
Jesus never singled out any individual because they would benefit Him. He only wanted to invest in them; “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10). He sacrificed every human comfort because He wanted individuals freed from sin and its bondage. How would we consider our time spent with one person if we knew that our investment meant their spiritual freedom and growth?
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