For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.

Luke 19: 10

 

God is always seeking. He never stops pressing on to reach into the darkened depths of the souls of people, for He claims everyone on this earth as His own. The Lord will not rest from the quest after relationship with us until we have totally closed and locked away any possible access to our hearts. Since God sees nothing but the potential that He designed into us, He continues to view us with that Father’s eye for the potential beauty within until the moment that we draw our last earthly breath.

 

Christ wants me to view others in this same way. He tells me to love my neighbor, to forgive wrong doing, to offer up my un-injured cheek to the person who just hit me, and to care about the eternity of others more than I care about my own security or comfort. Jesus seemed to actually enjoy the company of such flawed and coarse people as we are. He gathered the imperfect and the self-focused to His side; and He continues to delight in being in the close and intimate company of these people. People such as you and me.

 

Jesus came after me. He has come after you, and He wants us to join Him in the relentless pursuit of others. This world is filled with lostness and the pain that it causes. Christ provides the answers to the void that sin has carved out. People who know Him are the means that God uses to connect that empty need with His healing love. Jesus desires to walk with each of us through this day of seeking that which is lost. Christ will do the work as He gifts to us the right words and deeds for us to use for this purpose and to His glory.

 

 

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For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Luke 19:10

 

Lost things are an annoyance and a true hassle, for they are always lost at the worst possible time. When you have just enough time left to get to that important appointment, the car keys become shy; when the curtain goes up on the play soon, the tickets go on vacation. When you need or desire to be with them most, some people become invisible. The list can go on and on, but the results are much the same. We become irritated, annoyed, frustrated, angry, sad, and discouraged. Still, if we want the thing or the person that we are looking for badly enough, we will keep looking until we find it.

 

Christ deals with us in much the same way. He has searched diligently, and He continues the hunt for us to the very ends of the earth and beyond. He gave up His life for us, and He even went into Hell in order to destroy its hold on death for our sakes. God loves every person; for, each individual is special and precious to Him. God wants each of us to know Him in a close, life altering, and eternal way. When we wander far away from Him, the Lord comes looking. If we have been listening to the voice of evil, the Spirit of Christ speaks to our hearts with absolute clarity. Whatever circumstances or situations we are involved in, Christ is there to set us free, to set us right, and to send us out to live well.

 

The Lord uses every tool at His disposal to conduct the search, too. He speaks through His word, the Spirit calls to our hearts, people are brought into our lives to love us and to share enduring truth, and all of Creation resonates with the voice of God as He sings His love song to all people. We just need to listen, give up on hiding, stop our escapist feet, and let Christ in. This is vitally true for people who haven’t allowed Him into their lives, and it is also true for all of us at times in the course of our lives. What is hidden, why are you running, and aren’t you tired from the effort? Today is the day to stop the futile race and to call out to Christ, “Here I am, I surrender to the relentless love of your pursuit.”

 

For the Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.

Luke 19: 10

 

God is always seeking. He never stops pressing on to reach into the darkened depths of the souls of people, for He claims everyone on this earth as His own. The Lord will not rest from the quest after relationship with us until we have totally closed and locked away any possible access to our hearts. Since God sees nothing but the potential that He designed into us, He continues to view us with that Father’s eye for the potential beauty within until the moment that we draw our last earthly breath.

 

Christ wants me to view others in this same way. He tells me to love my neighbor, to forgive wrong doing, to offer up my un-injured cheek to the person who just hit me, and to care about the eternity of others more than I care about my own security or comfort. Jesus seemed to actually enjoy the company of such flawed and coarse people as we are. He gathered the imperfect and the self-focused to His side; and He continues to delight in being in the close and intimate company of these people. People such as me and you.

 

Jesus came after me. He has come after you, and He wants us to join Him in the relentless pursuit of others. This world is filled with lostness and the pain that it causes. Christ provides the answers to the void that sin has carved out. People who know Him are the means that God uses to connect that empty need with His healing love. Jesus desires to walk with each of us through this day of seeking that which is lost. Christ will do the work as He gifts to us the right words and deeds for us to use for this purpose and to His glory.