The apostle Luke records for us Jesus’ parables of lost things in Luke chapter 15.

In the parable of the lost sheep, the shepherd leaves the rest of the ninety-nine in search of the lost one. In the parable of the lost coin, the woman lights a lamp and uses its light to search for it. In the parable of the lost son, the father was looking out for the son and when he saw him, ran to him, kissed him, put a robe on him, placed a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.

Jesus uses these parables to teach us the nature of His salvation. In all three parables, that which was lost, made no effort to be found. Instead, it was the master who searched for the lost. In the same vein, we who are lost, if left to our own devices, would make no effort to be found, because it is against our sinful nature.

But it is Jesus who seeks us out. The apostle Paul tells us,

“For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.” Romans 8:29-30

So we see that our salvation is His work. Not ours. We played no part in attaining it. We have no power to earn it. It was all His will and purpose to begin with. What a precious gift that comes from His loving heart.

But does that mean we are to be passive participants in this process of redemption? By no means. Jesus says,

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.” Revelation 3:20

We do need to respond to His call. And our response is to open the door of our hearts to Him.

Jesus is knocking at the door of your heart right now. He has been for a long time. Won’t you listen and open and let Him in and let Him dine with you?

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