“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” (Luke 19:10)
There’s a word in that verse that I’ve tended to skip over — the word “seek”. I know about how Jesus came to save all of us. And I know that I was lost before I came to know Jesus. What I don’t always remember is that Jesus sought me ….
There were never people in my life who slowly, carefully, nudged me toward God. I can’t even remember any Christians doing or saying much about Jesus or anyone influencing me. How different my life might have been had someone shared with me about Him ….
What I do know is the end result now — my life given to Jesus, gladly and joyfully, and the rest of my life now spent following Him gracefully …..
But what about other people Jesus is seeking? I’m grateful to the people who helped me come to Christ when I did, but what am I doing to be one of those people to someone else, someone lost?
Am I just sitting in my pew at church, content with my life, and not making the effort to seek out other people? If Jesus actively sought people, including myself, then shouldn’t I also be actively seeking people?
I’m not the one doing the saving, obviously — that’s Jesus’ job; but I can be doing the legwork to seek out people, to make myself available for Jesus to use. He may want me to just smile at someone at the grocery store, or help a harried mom pick up some dropped toys, or respond with kindness when someone spews malice at me. Or He may want me to say something, whether to a stranger or a friend, that will help nudge that person closer to Him. Whatever it is, I need to be looking for these opportunities, looking for these people ….
What effort and action I put forth today, may be the very thing that will save a life tomorrow:
·· to that homeless woman, tired and desperate to end her suffering, sitting in a filthy alley behind the dumpster about to take her life ….
·· to that abused woman, who sits contemplating killing her abuser …
·· to that broken man, hopelessly lifting the bottle once more with trembling hands ….
·· to that drug addict desperate to stop the pain, the veteran needing to stop the memories, the prostitute needing validation of her worth ….
Faith Step: Keep your eyes open today to seek people whom Jesus can touch through you. Be willing to be right there when He wants to use you, in whatever way He urges you to be used …
Let us pray ~
Loving Lord, we come to You specially today to lift up to Your throne of grace all those that are downcast and distressed – and those that are lonely, needy and weary. Lord we pray that Your loving care, comfort and help will surround each one – and we ask that You would become very real to them, in this time of difficulty or loneliness.
Bring into the life of each one someone who would share the love and joy of the Lord Jesus – someone who would lift up the spirits and hearts of each man and woman today – someone who would show the love and kindness of Christ to any who has become lost in the difficulties of this world and find themselves alone or friendless.
Refresh their hearts and souls we pray with the truth that You love them so much that You died for them and that You have promised to comfort and succour each one of us in times of need. Let them see that they are not alone , but that You are an ever present help in time of troubles and that the difficulties of this life are but for a short time. Help them to know that You are ever at their side, and are working in them a wonderful glory that will last forever!
Use me Lord I pray, to be a light to those in need, refreshment to the weary and an encouragement to those that are downcast, in Jesus name I pray, Amen ….