“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).
A beautiful hymn contains the following words:
“Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me; patiently Jesus is waiting and watching, watching for you and for me!”
These words ring true to us as they portray a patient Savior summoning us to salvation. But Jesus took much more initiative than this to rescue the perishing. He took the lead in leaving the glories of heaven to arrive at a sin-cursed world in order to save lost sinners. He endured much suffering and abuse, and the pains of a horrible death just to rescue us from death.
During His earthly life, He travelled up and down Palestine to regions both friendly and hostile, and brought great news of a marvelous salvation. He trained a band of disciples, spending the better part of three years with them, and then sent them out to preach the gospel to the far regions of the known world. These disciples suffered much just as Jesus did, but the cause was more than worth it.
After His ascension to heaven, Jesus sent His Holy Spirit to continue His mission. The Holy Spirit convinces hearts of their need of a Savior (John 16:8), and guides believers into the truth (John 16:13). God took great pains to deliver the message of hope to a dying world. No one who carefully reads the gospels can doubt Jesus’ message.
Jesus also sends the church to do likewise. We reach people in a variety of ways. We can share our testimony, volunteer for missionary work, and serve in a church that proclaims the saving message of Jesus. But we must do what Jesus did, take the initiative. He didn’t leave us in despair. He took the lead in seeking and saving the lost. We must enter into His labors and do likewise.
As the world surrounds us with both frowns and enticements, we must labor on with the only message that brings eternal hope and salvation.
“Lord, grant us a clear vision of what You want us to do. Lead us forward with the same earnestness modeled by Jesus and His disciples. Revive our weary hearts, and restore our first love. Let us joyfully serve You in places You called us to, and to be ready to share our hope with others. Deliver us from smugness and apathy, leading us on to the open door before us. We count it a privilege to serve our great Lord; may You bless all efforts done in Your name. Amen.”
Posted on Thu, December 15, 2016
by Sam Petitfils