10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 (ESV) Jesus gave this succinct summation of His mission in the house of the tax collector, Zacchaeus. Zacchaeus, whose life was lived up to that point focused on greed and dishonesty expressed through disregard and exploitation of others, revealed a transformed heart at the encounter with Jesus. His greed turned to generosity. The poor and disadvantaged became targets of empathy rather than exploitation.
Before he met Jesus Christ, Zacchaeus was lost. He was wandering around in the wilderness of the deceit of the devil, the world and his own heart. He chased the lie that fulfillment is one more pleasurable experience away, one more dollar in the bank, one more prized possession.
Many people today in this world are lost.