#5812 – Sinners Repenting

Good morning people who are concerned with heaven’s priorities.

According to Luke 15, lost people matter to God. Jesus repeatedly illustrates this truth with a parable about a lost sheep, a parable about a lost coin, and a parable about a lost son. There is so much to see in this chapter. I encourage you to spend a few days deeply meditating on this one chapter.

For now, I want to talk about God’s heart for sinners.

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

Jesus came for the lost. Jesus came for the sinful and the rebellious. Jesus came for those who were sick in their heart and who were separated from the Father.

Luke 5:29-32 NIV Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

All of us were at one time sinners who needed to repent. We were who Jesus came for, and so too are the many who are yet to come to God through the gift of repentance. And we must see repentance as a gift. A change of thinking is essential to a change of life; to entering into eternal life. Repentance is a gift from God to us all.

How is your heart towards the lost? Do you pray for them, and do you share Jesus with them?

May our hearts beat in unison with God’s heart. May lost people matter to us because they matter to God.