“For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10
Jesus made His mission on Earth very clear, “to save that which was lost.” Yes, He healed the sick and fed the multitude. But every word and miracle built a platform on which to proclaim His ultimate purpose. We should be soul winners because Jesus was a soul winner. He fully understood the plight of the lost.
First, Jesus understood that the lost are slaves to sin. Since the lost do not have the nature of Christ, they live under the influence of the world, which is driven by Satan. That’s why Romans 6:16 tells us, “Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness.”
That means the lost are also spiritually dead; a fact we see throughout Scripture. Romans 6 goes on to say, “For the wages of sin is death.” And the Apostle Paul reminded the Ephesian Church that before Christ they, “were dead in [their] trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1.) Now, sin is enjoyable for a time. So, what God calls slavery to sin can seem like “living it up” by the world’s definition. But those without Christ are literally the walking dead!
To be spiritually dead is to be separated from God. Because we are all born with a sin nature, we lack the ability to please God or to know Him personally. Choosing to remain in this condition results in eternal separation from God. The lost face an eternal death penalty in the seclusion and sorrow of Hell forever. Jesus spoke of this death sentence in John 3:18, “He who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.”
How harsh must Hell be for Jesus to endure the punishment of the Cross? He paid the price for sin; satisfying the holiness of the Father and demonstrating His love for the lost. Why would the mission of His followers be anything other than the mission of the Cross? If we have the mind of Christ, then we’ll also see the plight of the lost. And it compels us to be soul winners.