Finding People for Christ
The word find is a great word. When we lose something we'll say, "I can't find my keys, wallet, or glasses." When we lose that item, we'll look for it. We'll look for it because it's important to us. We need it to function and accomplish things.
Luke 19:10 tells us that Jesus came to seek and save that which was lost. He came to find men and woman who were lost and bring them into a relationship with Him. We see Jesus finding the woman at the well in John chapter four. In Matthew 9:9 Jesus went to find a man named Matthew. Matthew would become a disciple of Jesus. Jesus was finding people.
There is a Greek word for find in the new testament and it's "heurisko." There's a number of occasions in which this word is used by God's people finding other people. They find them for bringing them to Christ, to minister to them and for fellowship. Below are some occurrences of this word heurisko.
1. Matt 22:1-14 In v9 the king sent his servants to find people to invite to the wedding.
2. John 1:41 Andrew goes and finds Simon Peter.
3. John 1:43 Jesus finds Philip.
4. John 1:45 Philip finds Nathanael.
5. John 5:14 Jesus found the lame man he healed and told him he’s been healed to go and sin no more.
6. John 9:35 Jesus went to find the blind man He healed who was kicked out of the synagogue.
7. John 21:6 Jesus told the disciples to cast their net on the right side and they’ll find fish
~ This speaks of catching men (fish).
~ This is what Jesus initially told Peter and Andrew. They would be fishers of men (Matt 4:18-21).
8. Acts 11:25,26 Barnabas went to Tarsus to seek for Saul, and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch.
9. 2 Tim 1;15-18 Onesiphorus sought diligently for Paul when he was in Rome and found Paul. Paul seems to contrast those who turned away from him in v15 with Onesiphorus who looked for Paul.
10. In Luke 15 There was a lost sheep, a lost coin, and a lost son. When these things were found, there was rejoicing. When we find men for Christ, there's rejoicing.
Our mission is to find men and woman for Christ. We reach them with the gospel. The gospel is good news. It's the good news that Christ has accomplished redemption. We'll look for people at our work place, the gas station, the restaurant and wherever we go. The first two letters in the word gospel are GO.
Let's GO and find people for Christ.