Jesus Is Looking For Strays

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” –Luke 19:10, 5:32

We need to always remember why it is that Jesus came to the earth. The Church has gotten a very bad reputation as those who are “holier than thou” and we are often seen as those who believe we are somehow better than others. In this respect we have become much like the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. We have the Word of God, know the high calling, see the standard of God’s perfection and holiness. We understand that God has called sinners to repentance and, therefore, to stop their sinning.

But we forget that God is looking for strays; we forget He came for sinners.

It’s proof of our fallen nature that even those of us who once were totally lost and without God, those who at one time were the worst of strays, end up becoming the accusers of others who have strayed.

How soon we forget!

“At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.” -Titus 3:3

The Church does the right thing by holding high the truth of God’s standard. But, when we forget that it’s only by the grace of God that we ourselves have seen the light and been saved, we enter the territory of the Pharisees. I don’t need to state the harsh criticism that Jesus had for the religious leaders of His time, do I? We all know how He felt about their attitudes and pretense. If we want to avoid being grouped together with them than we need to stop being like them!

Jesus came for the lost messed up person.

That’s us.

We need to never forget that.