For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

The gospel message is one of hope and restoration. It is a message for anyone and everyone.

This verse is appropriately placed at the end of the story of Zacchaeus, the not-so-beloved tax collector who climbed a sycamore tree to see Jesus. As you may recall, he was hated and marginalized because of his unpopular profession. But Jesus didn’t shun him like everyone else did. Jesus saw a lost soul in need, and He spent time with him. He knew that even the most despised people were included in God’s salvation plan. Zacchaeus’s life was forever changed because of the loving attention he received from Christ.

Jesus had a simple mission: diligently search for lost people and offer them God’s salvation plan. To Jesus, social standing was irrelevant. As followers of Christ, we have the same mission today to invite any and all into God’s kingdom.

• Who can you invite into your life and our church rhythms to hear the good news about Jesus?

• Who might God be calling you to invite that others would seek to avoid?

• Pray for more opportunities to invite others to our church, and for the right words to say as these opportunities arise.