We had stopped to fill up with gas and pick up some snacks while on a family vacation. We jumped back in the car and were miles down the road when something didn’t feel right. Something, SOMEONE was missing! We left a child behind, our seven year old daughter!
Needless to say, we whipped the car around and would have done everything in our power to find our lost little one. Thankfully, she was sitting there waiting right where we left her. We scooped her up and celebrated having her back where she belonged!
Have you ever lost a child? Have you seen a parent searching frantically to find a missing child? In that moment, nothing else matters but finding the lost son or daughter.
Lost people matter.
Jesus told stories about a lost sheep, a lost coin and a lost son (Luke 15) and in every story we see common themes.
- Something of great value was missing – something that really mattered.
- That which was missing was important enough to warrant an all-out search.
- There was great rejoicing over finding what (or who) was lost.
Lost people matter to Jesus. It’s why he came to earth.
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10 NIV
Jesus challenged his follows to live with the same focus
Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 NLT
Would you be open to joining the search?
It doesn’t have to be complicated. You don’t have to be super spiritual. It’s as simple as offering a prayer – God, I’m open to being used by you to express your love for lost people.
It’s as simple as inviting someone to church.
Easter Sunday is coming, and it’s one of those special occasions when people who usually don’t attend church are open to visiting. All they need is an invitation.
Use our Easter weekend Facebook event to invite your friends on Facebook or share the Easter page from our website. Grab a few invite cards the next time you are on campus and be willing to extend a personal face to face invitation.
Jesus came to seek and save the lost. When you reach out, he is reaching out through you.