In the world but not of it

September 23, 2010

Search them out…

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and when He had found him…John 9:35

The search was on for the blind man that was healed by Jesus after the Jewish leaders threw him out of the synagogue. They could not accept what Jesus had done and that He had done it on the Sabbath.

They also didn’t like the answers they were getting to their questions from the man Jesus healed and decided just to throw him out. But the word “found” in this passage is noteworthy. It carries with it the meaning of searching for something or someone.

Jesus was not just going about His business and then just happened to find this guy. When he heard the news He actively pursued him and searched him out. He cared enough to find him, encourage him and restore his faith and hope.

This is what the Lord does. In Matthew 18:12 we are told, “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them wanders away, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others on the hills and go out to search for the one that is lost”?

That’s great we say but how does it apply to me? Consider your life right now and those in it. There will be those that you know that perhaps the world has cast out.

Perhaps the company made a rash decision, maybe someone was wrongly offended or they were criticized unjustly.

If we are in a position to actively pursue and search them out and restore them then we must.

It is love that covers a multitude of sin (1 Peter 4:8). It is often that gesture of love to restore a person that makes all the difference in their lives and perhaps even ours. It is to our shame that we don’t reach out and go the extra mile. We are so concerned about our conveniences that we often neglect those of others.

Search that person out today, make the difference…


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