In Luke 15, Jesus told his three “lost and found” stories.
- Vs. 3-7: A shepherd had 100 sheep and lost one. The shepherded left the 99 and went looking and found his one lost sheep and the shepherd threw a party.
- Vs. 8-10: A woman had 10 silver coins and lost one. She tore her house apart looking and found her one lost coin and she threw a party.
- Vs. 11-31: A father had two sons and lost one to what Jesus called, “wild living”. The father waited at the gate until his son returned and he killed the fatted calf and threw a party.
Luke 19:10, Jesus made a summary statement about these stories. “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” Lost people were obviously a priority for Jesus.
For those who have been found; have accepted the free gift of grace through believe in Jesus as our Savior: On a scale of 1-10, where do lost people rank with you?
Going to the lost is a matter of being obedient to our mission/calling. Matthew 28:19 “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.” Jesus called his followers to go and invite others to follow him.
Going to the lost is also a matter of not losing focus on how high the stakes are! The Christian teaching is pretty clear that this life isn’t all there is. Every human being, from the moment of conception, has an eternal soul and there are only two options after death: Heaven or Hell…forever! (Revelation 20:11-21:4)
Challenge: Make room in your life for lost people. Live with a priority of bringing as many people as you can to faith so that they will live with you in heaven.