This is a guest post by Preston Conder, one of the apprentices in the campus ministry I lead.
How far would you be willing to go to do something you loved? After playing three seasons of college football I quit because I had dreams of becoming the youngest offensive coordinator in college football history.
I transferred universities which meant leaving my friends and my church family. It meant giving up my playing career and the scholarship that came with it. To some it seemed crazy. But, I wanted it bad enough to do whatever it took to get it.
All Christians want to reach people with the gospel, right? We want to see people saved, the kingdom expand, and generations rise up to proclaim the love of Christ to all nations. But, how bad do we want it?
In Luke 19:1-10, Jesus tells us that His mission is to seek and save the lost. Jesus went into the home of a tax collector named Zacchaeus. This was crazy because tax collectors were hated.
Jesus’ safety and reputation were at stake. But, none of that kept Jesus from going to Zacchaeus. Jesus had one thing in mind: seek the lost no matter the cost.
The people grumbled, “He has gone to be the guest of a notorious sinner” (vs. 7). Most people would never reach out to someone like Zacchaeus. That’s why the people were shocked.
Many of those grumbling might even profess that God loved the lost, but practically they denied it. We need to recapture the “by any means necessary” mindset Jesus modeled. We must seek the lost no matter the cost.
How long will we talk about reaching people without meeting them where they are? At some point we’ve got to lay aside tradition, reputation, safety, and if needed, our lives to seek the lost. Seek the lost no matter the cost. Jesus did.
His mission is our mission. Jesus came from Heaven into the messiness of human life and surrounded Himself with sinners. Jesus spent time with drunks, touched lepers, and gave living water to a woman no one would be caught dead with.
I love what Craig Groeschel says about LifeChurch: “We will do anything short of sin to reach people who don’t know Jesus.”
What does it practically look like to seek the lost?
It should be a part of our everyday lives. You could build a relationship with an unchurched barber, invite your unchurched neighbors over for a house party, invite your classmate or coworker out for coffee, or take up CrossFit to meet new people.
It’s as simple as doing the things you already do but being intentional about building relationships.
Just imagine the shift that could happen if we did whatever it took to reach the lost. If we recapture the Jesus way of seeking the lost, we could see a movement of God unleashed.
Seek the lost no matter the cost!
What are some practical ways we can seek the lost? Please leave a comment so we can help each other seek the lost!