Your Heavenly Father wants you to be like Jesus. How can you be like Jesus without seeking and saving the lost?
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Rom 8:29)
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.
(5) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: (6) Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: (7) But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: (8) And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Paul told the Romans that God had a plan for them – a destination He was moving them toward. He was making them like His Son, Jesus. As a result, Jesus would be the pattern for many believers who would follow. The more you become like Christ, the more likely it is that others will trust in and become like Christ, too.
John made it clear in his first letter that Christians should act like Christ. “If you claim to abide in Him,” he said, “you should walk like He walked.” So, how did Christ walk, what did He come here to do?
His words couldn’t have been clearer, He came “to seek and to save that which was lost.” His life, His teaching, His miracles, His suffering, all of it was aimed at saving lost souls.
When Paul wrote to the Philippians, he taught them to think like Christ. God commanded them, and us, to have the mind, or attitude, of Christ. He doesn’t leave us to wonder if that was some kind of deep, mysterious way of life, some secret knowledge passed on to super-saints. No, like Christ, we are to forget about ourselves and our reputations. We must be servants. Like Christ, we are to lay down our lives, all at once or a day at a time, in an effort to see souls saved.
What About You?
- God is working to make you like Christ. Are you actively cooperating with Him?
- Do you seek the lost like Christ did?
- Do you serve and sacrifice to reach the lost like Christ did?