Lost and Found
Today’s Reading: Luke 19
Key Verse: Luke 19:10
…for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.
Why did Jesus come to earth? To teach? To heal? To set a fine example? Yes, he did all of these things. But His top priority is to seek and to save the lost. He seeks for us by His Holy Spirit and by the power of His Word proclaimed in the Gospels. His God-sized death on the cross is big enough to save all of us from eternal death. Jesus was seeking the lost from the beginning of His public ministry. He found some mending their nets, another at the tax collector’s desk, others going about their business in Galilee, Zacchaeus up a tree in Jericho, and now, He has found you and me. Jesus has not changed. The difference is that He seeks the lost through us. We cannot save anyone, but we can bring precious lost people to Jesus, pray with them and He will save them.
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Jesus, my Lord and Savior, I thank You for those who found me and introduced me to You. Thank You for Your Words which were given to me, “The one who comes to me, I will by no means cast out” (John 6:37). I believed Your words and I know You cannot lie. You do not cast me out. Therefore, You receive me. Help me today, and every day, to do for others what was done for me. Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
As a boy, my favorite game was “hide and seek.” Can you recall the excitement of the search and the joy of discovering the hiding place of a friend? My first serious effort at seeking the lost involved creating a hockey team in the tiny community of Haley’s Station in the Ottawa Valley where my Dad was a pastor. I was 17. The adults created an outdoor rink every winter. I pulled together several boys, offered to buy hockey sweaters with the name “Haley’s Comets” splashed across them. We formed a league with 3 other small villages and played several games. My main motive was not to win at hockey, but rather to win my friends to Christ. I arranged to take the team to the nearby city of Ottawa to hear Evangelist Hyman Appleman. That night, after the evangelist and I found these young men, they went forward and Jesus saved them as they believed His words. The next Sunday, my dad’s church had a row of teens sitting at the front, worshipping God. Since that time, my greatest thrill is in finding creative ways to bring the lost to Jesus.
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