Lost Is Found

Luke 19:10
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

What a wretched thing it is for a soul to be lost, for a life to be full of darkness, for sin to abound.  What a horrible thing it is for a man to be headed to hell, to be separate and far from God.  How tragic for a life to be lost to Satan, held captive there by the grips of evil.  But the terrible picture of a lost soul makes the work of Jesus that much more glorious.  The lost is not cast out with their only hope being to stumble upon righteousness by chance.  But Jesus actively seeks after each wandering heart.  Yes, some will still reject Him, but that will never stop His pursuit of love.

How can we deny one who seeks with such pure love, who wants us no matter what state we are in?  Don’t we all long for acceptance?  Don’t we all simply desire to be loved for who we are?  Jesus loves us with that kind of love, an unconditional love that no one else can have for us.  And that love pursues us through every path we take in life and captures our hearts.  All He wants is us, a relationship with us, and if we turn to Him, He will be our very best friend.

We were all there once—lost, aimless, hopeless.  And Jesus does not only seek the lost, but He saves them, and what a wonderful thing it is to be saved, to be brought from death to life.  The sensation of renewal and peace overflows inside the soul.  Dead flesh comes to life by the Spirit of God in a heart.  Old things become new, and what a glorious restoration He offers to us.

Sometimes we get lost after we are saved—not that we lose our salvation, for that is eternally secure, but sometimes we can be overcome by the things of this life.  Sometimes it is tragic circumstances that bury us in grief.  Sometimes a sin overtakes us and we lose our way.  Maybe an illness comes that shakes our faith and pushes us away from God.  But whatever we get lost in, Jesus still seeks after us.  He doesn’t want us to dwell apart from Him, especially after knowing the closeness of our fellowship.  He wants us to enjoy a close relationship with Him.

When Jesus is seeking us, let’s turn to Him.  May those who are unsaved let Jesus into their hearts and receive forgiveness and salvation and begin a relationship with Him.  If we are a wandering Christian, Jesus is seeking us to return wholeheartedly to Him, to let Him lead, to let Him help, to let Him strengthen us in whatever we are dealing with.  Let’s allow Him to be our all in all and turn back from our wandering path.  Our seeking Savior will never give up on us.

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