“… For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which is lost.’
The purpose of Jesus’ coming was to reach out to the unsaved. To reveal to mankind a better way of life, “For The kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. (Rom. 14:17)
As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ for fifty years, I have come to see the great need of humanity. Man needs a saviour, and Jesus Christ is the only saviour, “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
In our time I see so many people who have lost their way from the home of God, from the fields of truth, from the path of obedience, from the fountains of true joy. Men are surely found wandering in darkness, in misery. Many are walking in forbidden ways, many are stumbling on the dark mountains of sin and foolishness.
Jesus came to seek out a lost race of people. Today, Jesus Christ is seeking to lead men back to true righteousness. He desires to restore people to their true heritage. “If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink” (St. Jh.7:37).
God was determined to restore man, and in due season he manifested himself in the person of Jesus Christ, (St Jh.1:14) he spake, wrought, live, suffered and rose, ascend and left behind the great work of redemption in all its fullness, the gospel of grace, “For by grace are ye saved, through faith;” (Eph. 4:8).
People have lost there way, many are traveling in the wrong direction, many have lost their spiritual treasures, their peace and there hope, “Woe unto them! For they have gone the way of Cain,” (Jude 11).
As a minister we are seeking to win back the soul of men. We come in Jesus’ stead by various approaches, by laying a loving hand on all the souls that come our way. Jesus through us declares “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock,” (Rev.3:20).
If we would not be shameful and ungrateful, if we would not make His dying and ever living love to be no avail to us, if we have any regard for present and immortal blessedness, if we would win the prize and enjoy our heritage of eternal life, the only possible response we can make to seeking Jesus is to open wide the door of our hearts and bid enter. Jesus is seeking you out through us preaching His word to you. “How then shall they call on him whom they have not believe? And how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher. And how shall they preach, except they be sent?” (Rom10:14).
Pastor Meeks has been pasturing for fifty years. His articles have appeared in numerous newspapers and publications nationwide, including The Louisiana Challenger and Pentecostal Herald.