Our soul winning verse from the Word of God today is Luke 19:10 which reads: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Our soul winning devotional today is part 3 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler from their fine book titled “Evangelism Is…: How to Share Jesus with Passion and Confidence”.
Evangelism is pursuing lost people.
What does it mean to be “lost”? A word study of “lost” is sobering. The root word in Greek means to “destroy.”
In Luke 19:2-10, we read about Zacchaeus, the word “lost” describes a man who was clearly “missing out.” Those outside the kingdom of God like the wealthy yet corrupt tax collector, Zacchaeus, are missing out on real life.
In Luke 5:37 “lost” is used to describe something that is “ruined.” The verse is talking about a brittle old wineskin that is ruined by the influx and expansion of new wine. In Luke 15:4-6, “lost” speaks of something that is “disoriented,” as it is used for a sheep that is in serious danger because of having wandered from the shepherd. In Luke 15:17, “lost” is used for the son “wasting his life and potential” because he was not in fellowship with his father. In Luke 4:34 the word is used for “eternal destruction” as “lost” describes the state of destruction a demon wants to avoid at all costs.
Putting these usages of the term together paints a chilling picture of those who are spiritually lost. They are “missing out” on the life God has for them, they are “ruining” what could be a beautiful life, they are “wasting” their potential, they are “disoriented and confused” in darkness, and they face ultimate “destruction.” No wonder Jesus said that He came to save the “lost.”