“For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
The life and ministry of Christ is epitomized by the verse above. Christ started His ministry seeking souls by the seaside when He asked Peter and Andrew to follow Him. His ministry was among the lost who needed to get saved, even though being among the lost brought criticism His way. In His death, He was surrounded by the lost and was still seeking the souls of those who died with Him. Jesus gave all of His energy and His every breath to seek the lost so that they could be saved. His whole purpose of leaving Heaven to come to Earth was to seek and to save the lost.
Sadly, I believe that many believers are not about seeking and saving the lost, but they are about living like the lost and having fun. You would think that a believer who has been saved from Hell would have the same heart of their Saviour who sent someone across their pathway to show them how to get saved. However, what I have learned in my life is that many don’t have the same heart for the souls of men to reach the lost for Christ.
When Jesus used the word “seek,” He was using it to show how you can be a better soul winner. The word “seek” means to search for, try to find, look around, be on the lookout for, and hunt for the lost. Seeking is a purposeful action that is looking for a specific person. If you are going to be the believer that Christ wants you to be, you are going to have to have the same heart that He had in seeking the lost so that they can get saved. Let me share three things about seeking that will help you to be a better soul winner.
First, seeking is asking God for souls. Let me ask you, does it bother you when you don’t see people get saved? It should bother you so much that when you don’t see people get saved that you beg God to lead you to souls as you would beg Him for finances. Moreover, you should beg God daily to allow you to walk across the path of a lost person. You won’t have a heart for souls if you are not begging God to lead you to a lost person with whom you can share the Gospel daily.
Second, seeking is an awareness of people. People get saved, not doors. Too many believers think they have done their part in seeking the lost because they knocked on so many doors, but a door has never been saved and will never be saved. There are people all about you who you could approach about being saved. You should be on the lookout for people to whom you can witness. It should be your daily quest to talk to someone about Christ. If you look around where you are daily, you will no doubt find many people who are lost. The greatest soul winners are aware of the souls of every person around them.
Third, seeking is approaching people. You must understand that God leads people across your path who will get saved if you will simply talk to them about the Gospel. Peter and Andrew would have never gotten saved had not Christ approached them about following Him. People are not going to fall at your feet and ask what they must do to get saved, but you must go to them and talk to them about Christ. Stop being scared of what people think and realize they have a soul that will either go to Heaven or Hell. When you get past the fear of what people think about you, you will see opportunities to witness all about you. You will be able to be used to lead many people to Christ if you will simply start approaching people with the Gospel.