“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” (Luke 19:10)
God’s desire to redeem and restore all of creation, is seen in every story, every encounter, and every page in Scripture. From the Garden to the Red Sea, from the wilderness to the promised land, from Nazareth to Calvary, and throughout all of history, God has been at work to love, save and restore people. It’s pretty clear. People matter to God.
Luke 15 is the only time in recorded history that Jesus told three parables in a row. He wanted to make a point. He wanted to really hammer it home so no one would be unclear what mattered most to him. You may be familiar with the three stories – a lost sheep, a lost coin, and a lost son…and three people who’d do anything to get them back. Later in Chapter 19 Jesus states in the plainest terms that He’s come to seek and save that which was lost.
And if people matter to God they should matter to us. When we start to see people through the eyes of Jesus it changes our perspective. When we see how much God cares about His children we can’t help but care for them too. Jesus never meant His Church to be an exclusive club where we all hold hands and huddle together until He comes back. It’s a sending center! We get filled up, trained up, and encouraged and then we go seek what He’s been seeking all along – those who are lost – so they can be welcomed home.
Prayer: God, You care about people and seek to save that which is lost. Help me to have an eternal perspective and partner with You in Your mission to reach the lost. Amen.