Seeking the Lost

“Yes, my flock was scattered over the whole face of the earth, and no one was seeking or searching for them” (Ezekiel 34:6). Priorities with God’s people need scrutiny on occasion, just to keep things in their proper place. What is really important in this life? Evidently, God’s children of old had lost their sense of arrangement concerning the preciousness of a soul. So, the Old Testament prophet bemoaned the fact that self-indulgence and self-service had risen to such a din that the cries of the lost could not be heard by the “me-generation” of old.

No matter how time changes, some things do not change at all. Here we are, thousands of years later, and there is a world of people out there whose lives are chaotic quagmires of confusion and disappointment. They are groping for meaning in life and doubting their value, confused, misled and hopeless – and some are so numb to their plight, they have no clue how bad it really is.

Jesus came to this earth as a gift to humanity. His life gives purpose to our existence. His sacrifice is almost beyond believing. So, what was His focus? The Scripture is clear, stated by Jesus Himself: For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). His primary motivation in coming to this sin-filled earth was to be a living, breathing revelation of the Father’s love. In stepping out of the ethereal and into the physical, He gave instruction and hope in real time and in real life. Jesus drank deeply of the human condition and was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15). He became an example, a Savior and a High Priest who can, in every possible way, “sympathize with our weaknesses,” “for in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted” (Hebrews 2:15).

As God’s people, we do not promote ourselves but, instead, bring the lost to Christ. Therefore, if your life is train-wreck waiting to happen (or maybe already has), if you cannot find answers to the miseries that plague you, or if you just need a friend, come to Jesus. He will affirm your divine value, He will give you a reason to live joyfully, and, if you submit to Him, He will give you a hope in a salvation not possible apart from Him. He is seeking you; we, His children, are seeking you, too.

Jeff Sweeten