“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”
Luke 19:10 (NIV)
I’ve been preaching a sermon series through the book of Luke with a focus of looking at the life and teachings of Christ to see how we ought to live as Christians. Tonight we reached chapter 15 which contains the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the lost (prodigal) son. As I looked at this chapter, I was reminded of the importance that seeking and saving the lost is to Jesus.
I’m guessing that most, if not all, of those reading this would agree about the importance of the lost to Jesus. The bigger question for those of us wearing the name Christian is if the lost are that important to us. I’m afraid far too often we are more concerned with seeking people just like us than we are about seeking the lost — if we even think about seeking anyone!
So, what do the lost look like that Jesus would be seeking . . . and because of that, we ought to be seeking as well? I share the following outline as a starting point in our work of seeking the LOST!
- Seek the Lonely
- Seek the Objectified
- Seek the Sinner
- Seek the Tired
I am confident that no one would have to look very far to find a person that is in each of those categories . . . we may just need to look in the mirror! As we realize that these describe people who Jesus came to seek, we must make it a priority of our life to seek them as well. To live like Christ means we must also seek like Christ. To seek like Christ means that we must seek the LOST that are all around us with the message of hope through the good news of Jesus.