“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”- Luke 19:10
Jesus offers a model for how to reach out to others. Jesus shared in the Gospel of Luke His calling to “seek and save the lost.” He demonstrated so by His interactions with “sinners.” He provided a model for outreach that encompassed interacting with people from all walks of life.
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”– Luke 15:1-2
Jesus hung out with tax collectors and others who the spiritual leaders of His time considered to be unclean. He engaged in fellowship with people who were not considered to be righteous in the eyes of the Pharisees who were considered the keepers of the Law of Moses. While the religious leaders of Jesus’ day were busy monitoring the lives of others according to the Mosaic law, Jesus shared that the Law was fulfilled by living out God’s Word daily among both believers and the unbelieving. He addressed hypocrisy, sharing what we have come to call the “Golden Rule” in Matthew 7:12 and Luke 6:31.
“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”- Mark 10:45
When we look at the model of Jesus, we cannot help but see that Jesus came as a servant. In the words of Charles Spurgeon, “Ministers are servants.” The church is called to minister to others, meeting needs through good works. Do not allow the words of Jesus to fall on deaf ears and dulled hands. Seek to reach people for Him by submitting to the will of the Holy Spirit. Allow yourself to see the needs around you and to work on solutions for those in need.
If Jesus was around today, where would we likely find Him ministering to people? Would He sit on a rock and share a sermon by the seaside? Would He casually entertain an audience at the local Starbucks, speaking truth and offering insights into the Scriptures? Think about it.
Compare what Jesus did back then to what is possible today, and then take it on. The message of Jesus should be proclaimed by His people, the body of Christ. The model of Jesus should be imitated by His people as well. Reach out to others, people from all walks of life, and make a difference like Him.