Posted by: missionventureministries | December 28, 2017

GOD’S WAY TO INTERACT WITH THE LOST – Luke 19:10

Anyone who wants to learn worthwhile ways to involve people with the Gospel will find no better teacher than the Savior. In the Gospels we see He used a variety of different strategies when He encountered lost people, and He never used the same way twice. He personalized His approach to the circumstances of each individual.

He was focused“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).

He was instructive: To Nicodemus, He said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). He also taught that, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter” (Matthew 7:21).

He was compassionate: “Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd” (Matthew 9:35-36).

He warned of danger and false teachers: He said, “Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves” (Matthew 7:15). False teachers do not care about the lost because they are greedy and lost themselves.

He was merciful: Jesus said to the man who was demon-possessed, “Go home to your people and report to them what great things the Lord has done for you, and how He had mercy on you” (Mark 5:19).

He was loving: And encouraged people to: “love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked” (Luke 6:35).

He was sensitive: After the death of Lazarus, when Jesus saw the people weeping, “He was deeply moved in spirit and was troubled…and Jesus wept” (John 11:33, 35).

He moved conversations from the physical to the spiritual: To the sinful woman at the well He said, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water” (John 4:10).

He was confrontational: To stubborn people who were blinded by religious pride, He said, “You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him” (John 8:44).

He taught salvation is the greatest gift to pursue: His teachings on the parables of the pearl and the hidden treasure instruct man of his greatest need.  In the Parable of the Hidden Treasure He teaches: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field. 

And Jesus continues to the Parable of the Pearl of Great Price stating: “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it” (Matthew 13:44-46).  

He taught that holiness is our calling: Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48). And Peter writes what he learned from the Lord: “but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy” (1 Peter 1:15-16).

When our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven He gave His Church the great responsibility to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). Therefore, every Christian has been given the ministry of reconciliation to call lost people to be reconciled to God. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). 

As ambassadors of the King of kings, let us seize the real privilege that He has given us to interact with the lost He places in our way. 

May you be witness to what Jesus has commanded us to do: “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, 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 (Matthew 28:19-20). 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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