"For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."
Souls The crowds were pressing in on Jesus as he passed through the streets of Jericho. The chief tax collector, Zacchaeus, had heard about Jesus and climbed a tree to get a better look at this man known for his acceptance of sinners. But what Zacchaeus didn't realize was that although he was seeking to catch a better glimpse of Jesus, it was Jesus who was seeking him! Jesus looked at him, called him by name and said, "Come down, because I am coming to your house today." When the crowd grumbled about Jesus going to this hated and notorious sinner's house, Jesus responded with today's verse. This verse cuts to the heart of why Jesus came to earth. His mission was, and always will be, to seek sinners like us amid our depravity and disorder to spare us from what we deserve – eternal separation from God. Jesus always takes the initiative to seek us first. For him, it's personal, relational and purposeful. So, if Jesus came to earth to seek and save the lost, shouldn't that be our mission as well?
Memorize the acrostic above and use it as a continuous reminder to look for chances to make a difference in someone's life who doesn't know the Lord. Or, if you are searching for God, let this acrostic be a reminder that he's already reaching out to you!
Dear Lord, thank you for seeking me out and calling me by name. Today, instill in me a passion for connecting with you and with the lost. Provide opportunities for me to share your message of hope and salvation. In Jesus' name, Amen.