The Stability Factor . . . Are you familiar with that phrase? My copy of Webster's Dictionary defines the word stable as, "not likely to give way; firm; fixed." The stability factor is that one person or thing that keeps you firm and fixed and not likely to give way. You need a stability factor in your life.
Finding your attitude changing as quickly and as often as this Alaska Spring is not a healthy option. Forcing those who love you to step lightly with caution until they discover which side of the bed your feet hit first does not accomplish a positive effect in their lives or yours. These are sure signs that your stability factor is in ill repair.
You remember Zacchaeus, the short tree climber of children's songs. That wee little man in the Sycamore tree actually lived and he is a lesson in the stability factor. The Gospel writer Luke informs us that Zacchaeus served Rome as a chief collector of taxes who possessed large amounts of money due to his less than honest work habits. (See Luke 19:1-10.) The Wee Little Man (Do you think he would have enjoyed that title?) had money, a house, wealthy friends, and a nice-paying career - the model of ancient and modern success. The money he stole from tax paying citizens afforded him nice clothes, multiple-course meals, long vacations, and the many perks of wealth.
His perk-filled life generated stability - right? No doubt the rewards did bring temporary benefits, but they failed to offer the substantive benefits of a firm and fixed stance in this world. Zacchaeus discovered that truth. That explains why he so willingly returned the money he stole at 400% interest. He said very telling words in offering to make things right. He said, "Look, Lord!"
Notice that Zacchaeus, the little man with everything, knew he needed more. He called on Jesus. He surrendered and thus he found his stability factor.
Look up into that Sycamore tree and take the example of Zacchaeus. That little man took a huge action, and it forever changed his life and his eternity. Just imagine how he felt after he returned all the money and began to live by the law and grace of God. Now his friends were actual friends and no longer bought acquaintances. His name joined with the image of faith rather than with the image of a thief.
Climb the Sycamore tree; the One calling up to you is The Stability Factor.
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