Luke 19:10 says For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”.
When Jesus was 12 and missing. Mary and Joseph searched until they found him teaching in the temple. When they expressed their concerns and worries He said, "Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?”
When we take on the identity of Christ and call ourselves Christians, we must become like him.
We must realize that we are to represent Christ in our lives, actions, words and deeds, thoughts, activities, etc.
We must become like him. That does not mean we are perfect, but we strive for perfection. John 17:23 says: I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
Romans 12:2 says And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
God's will is that all should come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. He came to save the lost. He did not want them to stay in the condition of sin. He came to deliver us from sin.
If we, are to be like him, then we are to seek out the lost as well. We should not be willing that any perish. We should realize that the same grace of salvation extended to us, needs to be extended through us to others.
Have we taken the time to love those lost souls around us enough to share the gospel of Jesus Christ?
Do I take the time to hear the heart of God weeping for the lost?
My answer is I have failed.
I am sorry Lord, and I will do my best to begin to see those souls you see. I will begin to seek the lost and let them know that Jesus loves them and wants to change their lives into one of His purpose.
God bless and may we all work toward the perfection of being like Christ.