Luke 19:9-10 (NKJV)
9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Jesus said he came to seek and save the lost. To whom was he referring? Is it you? In Jesus’ day, He went to the least of these. He avoided the religious leaders and those of influence and went to the fisherman, tax collectors and women. He saw people that others avoided or didn’t even see. Compassion was His strong suit. He had eyes that see more than the surface. As the Son of God, He saw the heart. Sometimes the heart contains sadness. Not all is always good.
I saw a sign that said “Not all who wander are lost”. So who are the lost? Is it the homeless person hanging out in the doorway or those in prison? It is not always the poor who are lost. There are many who have all the material things they want but they are alone and unhappy. As I look around, I see much sadness in people’s eyes. Many of the people sitting in the pews of our churches are lost as well. Not everyone has accepted the free offer of Grace. They struggle with the “worthiness” question. They don’t say yes to grace because, in their minds, they don’t deserve it and cannot accept. The doubters are those who are lost. These are the ones Jesus also came to save. His Grace is for everyone. It is a free gift but no gift is a gift until it is received! How are you at receiving? Are you going to play the worthiness card on me? Or are you willing to accept? Go ahead! You don’t need to continue wandering. Jesus is calling out to you! He wants you to be full of joy. He offers you His peace which passes all understanding. He’s coming for you!
Thank You Lord for coming for all of us. At this time, we celebrate the arrival of the One who changed everything. Thank You that we will never be the same in Jesus name.