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Seeking with Diligence

If we were to ask the Lord, “Why did you come?” He would answer, “I came to seek and to save the lost.” And if we asked, “What have you done about it?” He would say, “I come seeking…and I am still seeking. I seek them in the marketplace, the church and the valley. I seek them in trials and in their pleasure pursuits. I go after them. I seek.”

In Luke 15, Jesus gave the illustrations of the lost coin, the lost sheep and the lost son. The coin was lost because of carelessness, the sheep on account of ignorance, and the son because of his own rebellion. Yet what is emphasized in these parables is not “why” the loss, but that in each situation there was a person who would seek with diligence until the object of search was found, or wait with expect until its return.

“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10). You cannot simplify the divine purpose more than that. His primary mission was to reveal the good news of His grace to those perishing. Once we see the principle with a fresh vision, which only the Holy Spirit can teach properly, it will invade every area of our lives. Then, we will hear the Father’s words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:21a).

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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