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Seek What Is Lost

The basis, or foundation of Christianity, is in our relationship with Jesus Christ.

We get so wrapped up in all the noise from outside, and all the wrong mindsets, that we lose sight of how much God really loves us, and because of that, we never really enter in to a relationship with Him. And it’s from that relational foundation with Christ, that everything else stems… like seeking the lost. If you don’t have a good relationship with Jesus, you won’t be faithful to the things of God, like church, and you certainly won’t be passionate about sharing the love of the Savior who humbly gave His life for yours.

Matthew 28:18-20

18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Jesus said to Go therefore, and Make Disciples

To go means to go specifically with a purpose, to lead

And Jesus told them to to make disciples

He didn’t say to Go and Make Converts… He said to go and make disciples

You don’t have a baby then send it on it’s way to fend for itself. No you feed that baby, and as that baby grows into a child, you teach that child, not only with your words, but by bringing them along side of you… training them, most important about God, but also about life. Then when that child makes mistakes and fails, you comfort them, explain where they messed up, and how they can do better next time. But you don't berate them, beat them, or call them stupid, instead you loving guide them. And stay quiet, unless they ask for your advice, of the situation is dire,

- That what Biblical discipling is: to teach and to instruct by following a general rule or thought process. Discipling doesn't mean we make people like us, instead we make them into the best Biblical version of themselves they can be!

Jesus, while he is talking to Zacchaeus in Luke 19:10, told us His objective

"…. for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

Seek: To seek in order to find. To seek by thinking, meditating, reasoning and inquiring. To crave or demand something. Seek after with a passion to find!

Jesus came to save the lost, but in order to save the lost, He had to first find the lost. In order to find the lost, Jesus had to look for the lost first... but Jesus didn’t just look for the lost… He passionately sought after them!

That word seek, is used several times in the Bible, and I want you to remember that definition of the word seek as you are reading these verse! Matthew 6:33

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Matthew 7:7

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Matthew 2:13, is probably the scripture that best displays the passion and desire of that word seek.

13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”

Herod wasn’t passive about the seeking Jesus… but instead He was extremely passionate about seeking the baby Jesus.

Matthew 2:16 says, "Then Herod, when he saw that he was deceived by the wise men, was exceedingly angry; and he sent forth and put to death all the male children who were in Bethlehem and in all its districts, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the wise men."

Herod didn’t just open a building, and invite all the parents in the area to come in, so He could kill their children… No... as soon as Herod realized he was deceived by the wise men, he sent soldiers out to murder all the male children, from two years old and younger, in all the districts that he controlled. Herod had a desire, a passion to find that child…to find the Christ child.

Herod had passion… Herod would leave no stone unturned… no house unsearched. Herod would leave no child within the possible age range alive, to take his throne.

That is the passion that Jesus had for the lost… to do whatever it took… to seek after the lost!

We should have the same passion for the lost that Jesus did, to do whatever it takes to seek after and find the lost!

Matthew 28:19

19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, Have A Blessed Day! Pastor George Finney New Life Church

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