Each One Reach One – Part Two

 

Aloha and Happy New Year!  In this first newsletter for 2007 I want us to consider again our new emphasis for our Hawaii Conference – Each One Reach One.  You may ask, “Why should I be so passionate about people, the lost?”  The answer is pretty simple and straightforward.  It is because people, the lost, matter to God.

In Luke 15 Jesus tells three stories to make this very point.  You remember and recall these three stories: the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost (prodigal) son.  There are some very profound common threads and themes found in these stories.  For example, something of great value was missing, something that really mattered.  The lost sheep was very important to the shepherd.  The lost coin was vital to the woman’s survival.  And you know how much that son mattered to that father. 

Consider another common thread.  That which was missing was important enough to warrant an all-out search.  The sheep got lost and the shepherd searched until he found it.  The coin was lost and the woman hunted through her house until she found it.  And the father kept a constant vigil searching the horizon waiting for the day his son would come back home.

When you really value something, and it winds up lost, you just naturally want to search for it until it is found.  In the heartbeat of this chapter (vs 10) Jesus declares, “Likewise I say to you that there is JOY in Heaven over one sinner who repents!”  All heaven erupts into a giant cosmic celebration!

If people matter to God then people (the lost) must matter to us!  Jesus said: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and save that which was lost.” Matthew 18:11

Each One Reach One.  Why?  Because our mission is to reach out and win the lost for Jesus Christ.  If we pray earnestly for God’s blessing, He will help us achieve our goal through outreach and evangelism.  But it must begin with a deep-hearted conviction that people are valuable to God.  Let us commit to pray daily that together we can accomplish more, not only this year but the next four years, in reaching people for Christ than ever before.  Each One Reach One!