Concern for the Spiritually Lost

Steve Petroelje

READ : Luke 15

We had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found. (v. 32)

If we look upward in worship and inward to build up the body of Christ yet neglect to reach outward in mission, we miss the three-dimensional focus God wants us to have. When churches fail to be outwardly focused, they become stagnant and die.

When the father of the prodigal saw his son coming, he was filled with compassion, ran to him, put his arms around him, and kissed him. He threw a great party because he realized that his son had experienced a transformation of heart.

Every day, you and I lock eyes with people who are living “in a far country.” They are spiritually lost, but they can be found! We cannot convict them of sin. That is the work of the Holy Spirit. But we can and must be people of God who are willing to live out our faith in visible ways, testify to the hope we have, and do everything we can with God’s help to reach those who need Jesus. Churches that are making a difference for Christ in their community and the world are always on the “look out.”


Precious Savior, push us beyond our comfort zone to boldly proclaim and model the hope we have in you. Amen.