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Lost and Found

Posted: Saturday, April 18

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

Pastor Mark McKinstry // Missions & Christian Education Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Joshua 16:1-18:28
Luke 19:1-27
Psalm 87:1-7
Proverbs 13:11 

 

Verse of the day:

For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost. (Luke 19:10)


Men don't always say what they mean. When a man says, "It would take too long to explain," he means: "I have no idea how it works." When a man says, "Take a break, Honey. You are working too hard," he means, "I can't hear the game over the vacuum cleaner." And when a man says "I'm not lost. I know exactly where we are," he means, "No one will ever see us alive again." Thankfully, God knows what we need even if we don’t, and our greatest need is to be saved; saved from our own self-destructive sin.

 

The larger context of this passage is found in the well-known story of a short tax collector by the name of Zacchaeus. “Z” was basically an IRS agent who was cheating – in a modern day sense, he was skimming off the returns of the citizens of Jericho and pocketing the money. He thought he knew where he was going in life but he wasn’t happy where it had taken him. You see, he loved his cash but he hated his life. And Jesus showed up at Z’s tree with an offer of a new life, a full life, and a changed life.

 

The mark of Z’s transformation and conversion was his staggering generosity. He learned the truth quickly that it is impossible to serve both God and money. Before he met Jesus his money was everything to him. After his conversion, it took a back seat and became something to be given away. And I bet he loved blessing people!

 

The mission of Jesus is very clear: He came to seek and save what was lost. He is seeking out people who need to be saved not just from an eternity in hell but from the brokenness of a life poisoned by sin. Jesus is still on a search and save mission today. If you’ve never been saved from your life of sin, you need to know that Jesus is pursuing you even if you are not pursuing Him. He’s knocking at the door of your heart. Will you let Him in? It simply begins with opening that door.