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The Seeker of Lost Souls

Wednesday, August 2, 2023

Written by Aaron J. Hall

Categories: Devotional

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The Seeker of Lost Souls

Scripture: "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost." (Luke 19:10, ESV)

In Luke 19:10, Jesus presents a profound statement that encapsulates His mission on earth. He declares that His purpose, as the Son of Man, is to seek and save the lost. This verse provides us with a beautiful insight into the heart of our Savior and challenges us to reflect His compassion toward those who are spiritually lost.

When Jesus uttered these words, He was responding to the criticism He received for spending time with Zacchaeus, a notorious tax collector and sinner. The religious elite of the time were appalled that Jesus would associate himself with someone of such ill repute. Yet Jesus, in His unyielding love, reminds us that no one is beyond redemption.

Just as Jesus sought out Zacchaeus, who was lost both physically and spiritually, He continues to seek out the lost souls of today. This includes those who are oppressed, broken, rejected, and even those who have turned their backs on Him. His purpose remains the same – to offer salvation and restore them into a relationship with God.

As believers, we are called to emulate the heart of Christ. We are to be His ambassadors on Earth, actively seeking out those who are lost in their sin, desperate for a Savior. This involves demonstrating love and reaching out to those who are hurting and marginalized. We must show them the same grace, compassion, and acceptance that Jesus demonstrated to Zacchaeus.

In practical terms, this means being intentional about sharing the good news of Jesus with those around us. It means showing kindness to the outcasts, forgiving those who have wronged us, and extending a helping hand to those in need. By doing so, we become instruments in the hands of our loving Savior, reaching out to those whom He seeks to save.

Consider this illustration

Imagine a lifeguard at a crowded beach. His eyes constantly scan the waters, searching for those in danger. When he spots a struggling swimmer, he jumps into action, eagerly swimming towards them, extending a lifeline to pull them to safety. In the same way, Jesus is the lifeguard of our souls. He seeks us out, even when we are unaware of the imminent danger we face. He offers us salvation and invites us to partake in the abundant life He provides.

Today, let us be attuned to the needs of those around us. Let us take inspiration from Jesus' purpose statement in Luke 19:10 and seek opportunities to share the love and salvation of Christ. Let us remember that we were once lost ourselves, but Jesus sought us out and saved us. May we be instruments lifted by His grace, bringing lost souls into the light of His love.


Dear Lord, thank You for seeking and saving the lost. Help us to have hearts filled with compassion and grace, just like Jesus. Enable us to be Your hands and feet in the world, reaching out to those who are lost and hurting. Grant us the wisdom and sensitivity to recognize opportunities to bring others to You. In Jesus' name, amen.

Action Step:

Take a few moments to reflect on your interactions and relationships. Is there someone in your life who is in need of the saving grace of Jesus? Prayerfully consider how you can intentionally reach out to them, offering support, encouragement, and the hope found in Christ.

Aaron is a husband, dad, youth pastor, author, and blogger. His latest book, Redeem the Story: A Call to Let God Rewrite Your Story, is now available. He currently serves as the youth pastor at More 2 Life Ministries in Okeechobee, Florida where he lives with his wife and 4 boys.

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