I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. – Luke 15:7
Yesterday, we talked about one thing you can do to look out for number one, and by that I mean the one who doesn’t know God. Jesus set such a great example to us of what it looked like to seek out, minister to, and love on those who were far from God. We would be wise to follow His example. So with that in mind, let’s look at two other things we can do to look out for the one.
The second thing we can do is to personally evangelize our one. If you really love Jesus, you are going to love what Jesus loved. Jesus loved the one. When you properly visualize that one who is lost, you will want to personally evangelize the one that is lost. As God found you, you want to help others be found as well. After all, we don’t really find God, God finds us.
God finds us because He is not only always looking for us, but He wants His people who have been found to be looking out for number one. Who is your one? Who is the one you are looking for?
The third and final thing we can do is purposely prioritize our one. Lost people matter to God. Therefore what matters to God should matter to us. Heaven throws a party when lost people are found. Stop and think about that. God doesn’t throw a party or rejoice when our team wins, we get the promotion, we get the big raise, or we get on the front page of the paper. God throws a party every time one person repents, gets right with Him, surrenders their life to Jesus, and that lost person is found. That is when God says, “It is party time!”
Nothing makes God sadder than people who are lost, and nothing makes God gladder than when lost people are found. God doesn’t get happy because we are in the right crowd; God gets happy when the right crowd goes looking for the wrong crowd, to help them get into the right crowd. We ought to put at the very top of our list doing what makes God happiest and purposely prioritize our one.
Dear Lord, I pray that this week you would give me the opportunity to personally evangelize my one. I pray that I would make them a priority, doing everything I can to point them to you and share with them the hope that comes from having a relationship with you. In Jesus’ name, amen.