January 20: A Missional Meal (Luke 19:1-10)
Luke 19:10 "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."
Jesus challenges our modern view of conversion. In his last act of ministry before entering the final week of his life, Jesus meets Zacchaeus while passing through Jericho. Zacchaeus is apparently the last man that anyone would deem worthy of salvation. But Jesus uses this rich tax collector to display the unfathomable grace of God in the salvation of sinners. Jesus doesn’t merely offer salvation, but actually seeks out Zacchaeus to save him. Through this act of divine mercy, his life is then transformed thus giving evidence to God’s grace. Consider with joy the marvelous kindness of God who saves sinners. As those who have been sought and found by Jesus, the Christian has been sent by Jesus to seek out others as well with gospel intent.
- Looking back on your own conversion, give word to how God was seeking you.
- How does understanding that God was seeking us before we were seeking him illuminate the doctrine of grace?
- What is the evidence in your life of his transforming grace – what fruit has been born?
- How do growing affections for Christ lead to greater fruitfulness? What are some ways that you are cultivating greater gratitude over the good news of Christ “seeking and saving” you?
- Who is one person in your life that you have considered to be too far from God’s grace to be saved?
- As you consider the relationships in your life, where can you move intentionally to explain and demonstrate the gospel?