Our scripture for this week is Luke 19:1-10.
Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
When Jesus calls us lost, He is speaking of more than just being separated from our brothers and sisters and from God. When we lose our way, we lose our identity as children of God. We forget who and whose we are.
Jesus tells us that this is His primary mission, “to seek and save the lost”, and when He turns His ministry on earth over to us, it becomes our primary mission. Only Jesus can grant salvation, but it is up to us to make sure everyone has the opportunity to know Him and the chance to choose to be saved. Nothing else we do is more important than this.
Jesus showed us by His example that no one is beyond God’s reach or His everlasting love. The lost can be found and returned to a relationship with Him. His commission to us that we are to “Go and make disciples of all the world” (Matthew 28:19) makes us His representatives to help find the lost of our world.
Gracious God, You sent Your Son to be the model for our connection to You and our brothers and sisters. Help us to follow Him earnestly and energetically, sharing Your love with all the world. Amen.