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Seek and save
Linda Buxa
by Linda Buxa
May 3, 2024

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10).

In October 2021, a hiker was lost in Colorado. As part of their search, rescuers called the hiker’s smartphone but never got ahold of her. You know why she didn’t answer? Not because service was bad but because she didn’t recognize the number! That’s right. She was lost, but because she didn’t know who was calling, she didn’t answer the phone.

It’s an amusing story because ultimately it turned out okay, but it made me think about people who are spiritually lost. Maybe, just like the lost hiker, they won’t answer a spiritual rescue call from a stranger. When people are lost, they might not be open to talking about sin and grace, heaven and hell, with a stranger. Honestly, I don’t blame them. Who wants to open up about such deeply personal things with someone who hasn’t earned the right to have that conversation?

Ah, but when the same message comes from someone who knows them, loves them, and cares for them, it has a far bigger impact. They will be far more open to it when a friend says, “I was lost too, and Jesus came looking for me. Mind if I share my amazing story of being rescued?”

You know someone who is lost. Start by making the call. There may not be much time left.