November 20, 2018

Loving Like Jesus: Part 3

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 (NIV)

If I am to love like Jesus, I must learn to see like Jesus. I must learn to self-give like Jesus and, finally, I must learn to seek like Jesus.  Paul tells us how we can learn to do all three:

“Keep company with (Jesus) and learn a life of love.  Observe how Christ loved us.  His love was not cautious but extravagant.  He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of Himself to us.  Love like that.” Ephesians 5:2 (MSG)

Our objective isn’t to try to manufacture such a love but to simply keep company with Jesus, remain rightly related to Him, staying in constant contact so that through His indwelling presence we have the capacity to love like Jesus.

When Luke tells the story of Zacchaeus, he concludes the whole experience, summing up what the love of Jesus is like.  Observing how Jesus related to this sinful tax collector, Luke said,

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”  Luke 19:10 (NIV)

When everyone else saw a thief and a cheat, Jesus saw a lost soul.  When everyone else walked away, Jesus walked into this sinner’s home and changed his life!  Jesus gave of Himself to Zacchaeus and met the longing of his heart to find significance and meaning that his wealth could never provide.

Jesus saw Zacchaeus because Jesus sought him.  If I am to love like Jesus, I must seek out those who are lost.  That is the mission of love!  Compassion is love in action.  Jesus was filled with compassion for the lost and came to seek and to save them – us, you and me!  That’s a two-fold mission – to seek and to save.  We can’t save anyone.  Only Jesus can save a lost soul.  But we can seek the lost and share the Savior with them.  We can pray to see others like Jesus sees them, and we can seek those who need Christ.  We can be intentional in sharing the hope and love that we’ve experienced with them.  We can serve and give of ourselves to demonstrate God’s love.  When we do, we will have learned to love like Jesus, and it will change the world.