Scripture: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” – Luke 19:10 (NIV)
Today’s devotional focuses on the heart of the mission of Jesus, which is to seek and save the lost. In life’s demands, it is easy to overlook the profound simplicity and depth of Jesus’ mission on Earth. The Gospel of Luke, particularly verse 19:10, encapsulates the essence of Jesus’ purpose with piercing clarity: “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.“
This single verse stands as a beacon of hope and a reminder of the love of God, manifested in Jesus Christ. It speaks not only of Jesus’ mission but also of God’s heart for humanity — a relentless pursuit of those who are lost, wandering, or estranged.
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The heart of the mission is to seek and save the lost
1. Jesus, the Seeker of the Lost
Think of the implications of Jesus as a seeker. This imagery breaks any notion of a distant, indifferent deity. Instead, it paints a picture of God as an active, searching presence, looking for the lost sheep, the prodigal sons and daughters. Take a moment to reflect: Have you ever felt lost? In your spiritual journey, your career, or in relationships? Remember that Jesus is actively seeking you out, extending hands of grace and restoration. His heart is to seek and save the lost.
2. A Mission of Salvation
The mission was not only to seek but to “save” the lost. This speaks volumes about the problem of sin and the barrier it creates between humanity and God. Jesus’ mission was one of rescue and redemption — to save us from sin’s penalty, power, and presence. Through His death and resurrection, He made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could have eternal life.
3. An Invitation to Join the Mission
Understanding Jesus’ mission also invites us to participate in it. As followers of Christ, we are called to be seekers of the lost in our communities, workplaces, and families. We’re tasked with sharing the good news of salvation with those who have yet to hear or accept it. Consider how you can live out this mission today. Is there someone you can reach out to, a relationship you can mend, or a conversation you can initiate about the love of Christ?
- Seek Intimacy with God: Spend time in prayer, asking God to renew a seeking heart within you — a heart that seeks after Him and His mission.
- Be a Light: Reflect on how you can be a beacon of hope and love to someone feeling lost. It could be as simple as a kind word, an invitation to church, or sharing your testimony.
- Educate and Equip: Familiarize yourself with the message of the Gospel so that you are prepared to share the hope you have in Christ Jesus with others.
Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son, Jesus, to seek and save the lost — including me. Renew my heart with the passion of Your love and the urgency of Your mission. Help me to see those around me through Your eyes and to act as a bearer of Your light and hope. Equip me to share the message of salvation effectively and compassionately. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Today, let Luke 19:10 remind you of the profound love and purpose that drove Jesus’ ministry on earth. As you walk through your day, remember that you are both sought by Jesus and sent by Him to seek others. Your mission is a continuation of His — a mission filled with hope, love, and the promise of redemption.