Seeking and Saving the Lost
Words from Jesus
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Are you willing to reach out to those who are buffeted in the storms of confusion—those who are caught in the snares and brambles, who find no joy, power, or happiness in day-to-day life? Will you be a vessel of My truth and love to those lost in the world? How I love them and long to wipe away their tears and their heartaches and melt away their confusion!
Will you heed My call to seek and save the lost? Can My Spirit work in and through you to love those who are weary, who are burdened and heavy laden, and to bring them to Me? I need your mouth to speak a word fitly spoken, I need your smile that sheds a little bit of sunshine through the dark, stormy clouds on a rainy day. I need your feet to walk a mile in their shoes.
There are so many people who seem to have no life, whose candle is about to flicker out. I see them and I ask you to reach out to them with My words of truth and salvation, and My unconditional love.
How far will My love go? To the cross and beyond, to the ends of the earth, to the depths of the sea. My love will walk out of its way to love and win one lost soul tossed in a sea of confusion. My love is the rescue boat; My love is the lifesaver. I am the only way to truth, life, and eternal salvation.
The wise gardener
Where there is life, there is hope, and regarding those who have not made their decision, whose eternal destiny is hanging in the balances, continue to reach out to them with My truth and love.
Have faith, and trust that as you bring them to Me in prayer, I am working in their hearts. Be as the wise gardener who labors with patience and love, knowing that it takes time to bring forth the fruit of new life. He knows that although the tiny plant may have been buffeted in the storm, though it would seem to have withered and died, there is still life in the roots.
The wise gardener waters, nurtures, and tends the ground around the plant, even through the times when it does not seem to be doing well. He patiently plods along day after day, watering, nurturing and praying over the little plant, until finally the day comes. At the first signs of new shoots and new buds, the gardener rejoices, for the plant has come to life.
Where there is life, there is hope. Love with My unconditional love; bring them to Me in prayer. When you have tilled the ground, watered the plant, and given it a sufficient amount of care, you have only to pray and wait. Pray desperately that life will spring forth. Pray to the Lord of the harvest, that I may bring forth fruit in their lives.1 Pray for My Spirit to work in their hearts to produce the miracle of new life.
This is the commission that I give you: that you go forth and give My love. Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.2 For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you again.
My love is all-encompassing. My love is found in a bright smile, a kind deed, a silent prayer. My love is faith to believe that as you continue to give, I will work in people’s hearts. My love keeps on loving, even if you cannot see immediate results.
My love can cover the multitude of shortcomings and break through the barriers. So cover others with the warm sunshine of My unconditional love, and trust Me to bring about the miracle of new life in them.
Trust that My love for you is perfect. You are human, so your love cannot be perfect. You do not have the same constant, everlasting, enduring and unfailing love—not for those around you, nor for Me. But My Spirit works in you to help you to grow in love.
My strength for the task
I understand the temptation and the burden you face at those times when you feel that you cannot stop, that you must not stop, there’s too much to do! I know and I see the needs and the press of the people that weigh heavily on your heart. I understand the feeling of overwhelm that engulfs you. I see the ponderings of your mind and heart as you wonder how you can ever do enough to meet the needs at hand.
I understand, for I was faced with the same when I walked on the Earth. I felt the burden and the press of the people, and the size of a job that seemed impossible. I know the temptation to take things into your own hands. The need that surrounded Me was so great and the burdens were so heavy. I had to step back into that quiet communion with My Father to get the job done.
This is the secret, and herein lies the victory, for you cannot meet the need. In your own strength, it cannot be done. But if you will stop and take time with Me, you will receive the answers and the strength that are needed to lift the heavy loads and lighten the burdens.
Let Me use you to love others
Let Me use your eyes to see the needs of others. Let Me use your ears to hear the heartcries of the lost. Let Me use your tongue to share My words of love and encouragement to one who is downcast. Let Me break your heart for the multitudes of people who have not yet heard of My love. Let Me use your hands to dry the tears of those who cry, to give a pat on the back to those who are discouraged, to be a helping hand to someone who is falling by the way.
Let My Word fill you to overflowing, so that you exude its warmth, its cheerfulness, its love, and its positiveness. As you let it fill your heart and mind and spirit, it will provide an aura of love around you that others will want to partake of.
Give and it shall be given to you. I will pour My love upon you as you go forth to preach My gospel, My Word, My love.
The eternal chain of love
I came to earth because I love you. I gave up the splendor of heaven to come and make salvation and eternal life available to you.
My gift of salvation is for anyone who will receive it, and I long for everyone to come to know Me and My love. That message always has and always will be passed on through the words and deeds of My friends and followers.
Throughout the ages, multitudes of My followers have given of themselves to continue this chain of love. Some have given little, some have given much, and some have given all, but all were a part. All were needed, and My great worldwide chain of love would not have been complete without each one playing a part.
I want My chain of love to grow longer and encompass the whole earth! I want everyone to have a chance to be part of it. I want My love to touch every life. Will you do your part? Will you share My love with others?
Published on Anchor November 2022. Read by Simon Peterson.
Music by Michael Dooley.