“The Son of Man has come to seek out and to give life to those who are lost.”
Luke 19:10 TPT
The problem with being stuck in a tower is your inability to see beyond the walls around you. You only know what you have always known. If you want to unlock the door to freedom, you might need a change of perspective. A different vantage point.
Many motivational speakers will tell you, “if you always do what you’ve done, you will always get what you’ve gotten.” I knew this to be true from personal experience; having tried the same weight-loss programmes several times, only to end up where I’ve started. Or worse, a few pounds heavier!
For one, I was trying to fix the wrong problem. But it was the one thing that had all my attention! Because I was looking at the wrong problem, the answers were also no good. I needed to see beyond what I was familiar with, just like Rapunzel had to venture into the unknown, to get a better vantage point.
The movie, Tangled, was a gift to me. It was a glimpse beyond my tower. It was a behind the scenes look at what was really happening in my life. Rapunzel’s story was the “real” story. Mine was the counterfeit.
You see, my tower was a construct of my own, limiting beliefs. Beliefs that I had formed as I listened to the voice of an enemy. An enemy who didn’t want me to find out who I am, because it would disconnect his power to direct my life.
But the faithful Father kept celebrating me. Sending me lanterns that beckoned me beyond the tower, leading me to the key that would unlock my prison. For good.
What if the reality that you are experiencing, is not the one you were created for? What if you are not really stuck in the tower, but simply lost?
What if your most ferocious struggle, is actually the area of your greatest strength?
What if the source of your greatest pain, is the very thing that God has called you to overcome? To fulfill the purpose he designed you for?
What if all you need is a change of perspective?
A different vantage point.
In Luke 19:1-10 we meet a chief tax collector, named Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus was so determined to see Jesus that he climbed a huge sycamore-fig tree, so that he could have a better vantage point. Whilst he was looking for Jesus, Jesus was looking for him. Jesus knew him by name. There was a divine appointment; Jesus was coming to have dinner with Zacchaeus.
Going to church gave me a certain vantage point. It helped me to see Jesus from the position of the fig tree. But I was only looking at him from a distance, trying to make myself acceptable. Not understanding that he has already made me acceptable, through his sacrifice on the cross.
There was a better vantage point ordained for me. Ordained for all of us. An invitation to draw near. To climb down from the tree and come sit at the table.
Behold, I’m standing at the door, knocking. If your heart is open to hear my voice and you open the door within , I will come in to you and feast with you, and you will feast with me.
Revelation 3:20 TPT
Weakness turned to strength.
Something remarkable happened as Zacchaeus had dinner with Jesus. Jesus didn’t give him a three point sermon on the evils of cheating people out of pocket. He didn’t say: “Now, come Zacchaeus, are you going to try and be more honest from now on?”
Something changed in Zacchaeus as he dined with Jesus. Through fellowship with the Saviour, the dishonest tax collector becomes a generous giver. The one who sought to take more than he needed, now seeks to bring restitution. More than required.
“And now out of his fullness we are fulfilled! And from him we receive grace heaped upon more grace!”
John 1:16 TPT
There was a transformation that took place in the presence of the One who loved him. Jesus affirmed and validated him, by going to have dinner at his house. A big no-no for the religious crowd. But there was something in Zacchaeus that drew Jesus closer.
A pure heart.
Zacchaeus means “pure.” I believe Jesus was drawn to a heart that was looking for the real deal. Zacchaeus’s actions may not have been measuring up to his name, but God looked at his heart. A heart so focused on finding the Truth, that he climbed up a tree to get a good look at it.
We don’t have to come with a perfect performance, we just need to come with a focused heart. Jesus will do the work in us. We can rest as he sets us free from the grip of our struggle. Truth will transform us.
God sees your pure heart. He sees who you truly are. He is saying, come out of the tower and get a better vantage point. Don’t be satisfied with looking at me from a distance. Draw near to me, and I will draw near to you.
“And since we now have a magnificent High Priest to welcome us into God’s house, we come closer to God and approach him with an open heart, fully convinced that nothing will keep us at a distance from him. For our hearts have been sprinkled with blood to remove impurity, and we have been freed from an accusing conscience. Now we are clean, unstained, and presentable to God inside and out!“
Hebrews 10:21-22 TPT
What if I told you that you can leave your tower? You can find a better vantage point. Come follow the lanterns and let them lead you to the One who sent them. Discover new answers, ones you have never even considered before.
It’s time to change your vantage point from the fig-tree to your dining room. There are divine appointments that are waiting for you. Encounters with the One who knows your heart, even better than you know it yourself.
Allow Jesus to help you take down each brick of that tower. Pull down that stronghold, lie by lie. He is the One who created you. Let him show you who you truly are.
You are not stuck, you are simply lost.
And your heart is pure.
Today, I hear the father whisper: “Pure One! I see you looking for answers from afar off. Longing to know the freedom I have promised, but unable to grasp it. If you only come closer, you will see that you do not have to struggle. There is another way. One that you haven’t discovered yet. One that never disappoints. It is the way of intimacy. The way of Life. Grow your roots into me, and I will give you true Life. Life that will transform. Life that produces fruit that lasts. Freedom and Peace.” ❤