Luke 19:10 “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
This is Jesus’ mission statement.
Gen 3:9-11 “And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. 11 And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked? Hast thou eaten of the tree, whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest not eat?”
What is the purpose of life? What is the purpose of the church? Who are we as Christians supposed to be? Why did God save you? Is it different for every person? What is your calling in life?
A friend had a bull horn and a bird caller. He went in an alley and used it and a whole bunch of crows showed up.
What about the call of God?
There is a ‘call of nature’ that gets uncomfortable if you try to ignore it for a while. It’s the same with the call of God. Answer the call!
There is a call that you cannot afford to ignore or put off. You can hit the ignore button on your cellphone, but don’t do that to Jesus.
What is the call of God? What is it for? What is its purpose? Everybody is seeking something, what are you seeking?
Jesus said, ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God.’
Mark 1:16-17 “Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers [of fish]. 17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.”
Not fishers of fish, but fishers of men. This is your purpose in life.
- Come to Jesus. He said, ‘Follow Me.’ If any man thirst, let him come to Jesus. Be with Him.
- Jesus will change you. What God calls you to be is not what you are today. It may not be what you want, but it is what He wants. What does He want you to do? Don’t guess. Sometimes God calls you out from what you are and makes you something different. (Not a fisher of fish, but a fisher of men.) It’s a process to become something else. God is seeking you to become something else. What are you seeking?
There are Scriptures that haunt me. One is Rom 8:9 ‘…Now, if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His.’
Your purpose and your value start with spending time with Jesus and changing and then going out and doing what He has asked you to do.
Are you doing what Jesus would be doing if He was you?
Mark 3:13-14 “And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto him whom he would: and they came unto him. 14 And he ordained twelve, that they should be with him, and that he might send them forth to preach,”
3. Go out and do. You’re the drink. You’re the one through whom Jesus’ living water will flow through. Be with Jesus, then go forth to preach.
You can come to Jesus broken and weary and He will put you back together and change you and make you different. He will be with you and re-make you and then He will send you forth to preach, to heal the sick, to cast out devils, to do the supernatural glorifying (calling attention to) Him.
Why did Jesus want to send you and me? Why not just Him? Because Jesus set it up that way. Your purpose and calling in life is the same as Jesus.
Acts 1:8 “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”
Anyone who hears God’s voice has a mandate to respond to God’s call.
Are you hearing and responding to God’s call? Do you spend time with Jesus and receive what you need before you go out and try to minister?
Luke 15 is about the seeker. There was a shepherd who had 100 sheep.
Luke 15:4-7 “What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? 5 And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance.”
Shepherds go out and look for that lost sheep. Sheep are dumb. They have no idea where they’re going. They need a shepherd. When that shepherd finds that sheep, he rejoices and celebrates.
A seeker finds what he is looking for.
Luke 15:8-10 “Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle, and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it? 9 And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.”
Get that light on brighter. That coin won’t find you. There is a Seeker that will turn that light on and bring you back! There is seeking going on out in the world and there is seeking going on in the church. Jesus is the One who knows what’s really going on. You might have rolled under the couch and be covered in dust, but when He finds you, He will rejoice.
You can’t be lost at the house and do the call of God.
The Prodigal Son knew how to get home, but there was prayer and looking and rejoicing when he came home.
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
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