“For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.” Matthew 18:11
The parable of the good Samaritan begins with a man going from Jerusalem to Jericho. He was attacked by the thieves on his way that beat him, took everything he had and left him half dead. A priest was going that way but he didn’t pay any attention, a levite was going the same way but he didn’t pay attention either. Finally, a Samaritan was going who had pity on the man, he put soothing oil on his wounds, put him on his donkey and took him to an inn. Where he paid two silver coils to the inn keeper and asked him to take good care of the man. He even assured him that he would pay the rest upon his return.
The Samaritan had mercy and went above and beyond of his capacity to save the man who was lying by the road.
What gifts and talents do we have? They value nothing in the absence of mercy and compassion. God rewards those who seek him but he has a greater purpose for our lives that is to go to seek the lost. We might spend hours in prayers and Bible study every day but would it be of any use unless we feel obligated to bring those who are too weak to the Lord? By nature, we compare and condemn others. We find ourselves either superior or inferior to others. This happens because we don’t spend time to find out our true identity in Christ. Unless we know who we have become in Christ, we can’t show genuine concern and care to others.
Knowing ourselves begins with evaluating who we were before Christ had called us. All of us were like lost sheep without any hope. We were wandering in total darkness until the savior came and showered his mercy and compassion. When Paul was saved the Lord asked him to bring people who were bound in the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. Kingdom of darkness paralyses our senses. We neither see nor hear anything in clarity. We become stubborn, and keep following the desires of our hearts without finding any peace and contentment.
And then Christ sends his message of salvation through his servants that acts like ointment. We begin to see what is happening to us and around us. We tend to get attracted to this new light, not knowing fully what it is. We see a new person taking birth inside of us. We feel hunger for the word of God that never tasted good to our taste buds earlier. We begin to realize that there is power in waiting and spending time in the presence of the Lord who is the source of all strength. We begin to lose control over our lives, and start following the direction of the Holy Spirit in our lives. We are filled with an inexpressible joy that we had never experienced despite having all material blessing.
This is called new birth in Christ that doesn’t happen unless we realize that we were lost and are found by our savior.
While we are enjoying our new birth in Christ, there are many who are still living in the Kingdom of darkness. The Lord has made us ambassadors to take the message of reconciliation to others.
Child of God! Know your new identity in Christ. Ask the Lord to fill you with mercy and compassion for those who are lost so that the name of the Lord be glorified. Don’t wait for the lost to come on your way, go beyond your territory under the guidance of the Holy Spirit to seek the lost. Be a co-partner in God’s Kingdom!