Search and Celebrate
“To be a soul winner is the happiest thing in the world. And with every soul you bring to Jesus Christ, you seem to get a new heaven here upon earth.” – Charles Spurgeon
I’m spending more and more time looking for lost things, but that’s okay. Jesus seemed to take special interest in lost things too. Luke records three parables Jesus taught about lost things: one lost sheep, one lost coin, and one lost son. (Luke 15)
In each parable, the search is successful and a celebration occurs. The searching shepherd said, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.” (Luke 15:6) The woman called her friends and said, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.” (Luke 15:9) And the father whose son returned said, “Let’s have a feast and celebrate.” (Luke 15:23)
Unlike me, Jesus did not misplace anything; those he loves often wander away. Wandering away from God always leads to dangerous situations. Jesus tenaciously pursues the lost to bring them safely back to Himself.
Jesus said, “the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:10) Be a part of Jesus’ quest to seek and save the lost. He calls us to join both the search party and the celebration party.
Refueling in Flight