Seeking the Lost, Lk 19:10

In Lk 19:10 Jesus said “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost”.  This is what Jesus came to do and this is what he did.  He succeeded in his ministry of seeking the lost to save.  Like Paul, he finished his course.

Today, there are still many more souls to seek and to save.  And Jesus left us here to do this.  In Jn 14:12, Jesus said, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father”.

Peter certainly fulfilled this truth.  He believed on Jesus.  And despite the fact that he had once been a fisherman with an impetuous personality, he was able to see 3,000 souls saved the first time he preached.  Likewise, many men and women who believed on Jesus preached Jesus everywhere they went as they were seeking the lost, Acts 8:1-4.

Is seeking the lost what most Christians do today?  No.  Is this what you’re doing today?  If you’re not, why not?  Generally, people who are not doing the work that Jesus did are seeking something other than souls to save.

They are too busy seeking what to eat, what to drink, and what to wear, Lk 12:29-20.  Or they are seeking to save their lives, Lk 17:33.  Some are too busy seeking their own will, Jn 5:30, or seeking honor from others, Jn 5:44, 7:18.

Forget these things and seek, rather, the kingdom of God, Lk 12:31-34.  The kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost, Rom 14:17.  Get your heart in the right place.

Give enough of your money and possessions so that you are no longer seeking worldly treasure but heavenly treasure, instead.  When your treasure is in heaven your heart will be there, too.

And then start seeking the lost to save.  In Lk 15:1-10, when a person is seeking the lost to save, like the woman who searched for her lost coin, they seek diligently.  Seek till you find them.  We have a promise from the Lord about this.  Lk 11:9, seek and ye shall find.  Lk 11:10, he that seeketh findeth.

This is the exact pattern that Jesus established in his own life.  2 Cor 8:9, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor.  And then he came seeking the lost to save.

You should deal with your covetousness by giving your possessions until you’re seeking the kingdom of God first; till your heart is in it.  When you do this, you’ll find righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.  You money can’t buy any of these.

Then you should seek the lost to see them saved.  And then they, too, will have the righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost that you have.

Years ago, Anne and I visited a lady in the hospital who had a terminal illness.  We had known her for several years and knew that she was lost.  She had been impossible to reach with the gospel, but we thought we would try again now that she knew she was dying.

On this occasion, her heart was tender and she listened intently as we gave her the gospel.  After she realized that she could be saved by faith in Jesus Christ, she wanted to pray to receive Jesus.  Anne took her by the hand and prayed for her and then she prayed.  Afterwards, the peace of God was evident in her demeanor and the joy of the Holy Ghost radiated through Anne’s countenance.  This is what happens when you’re seeking the lost and they get saved.

Conclusion: give of your possessions so others can go with the gospel.  And as your heart follows your treasure into the kingdom of God, start seeking the lost that they might be saved.  You will find them if you seek for them diligently.