December 1

[The offerings during Advent are meant to complement the readings in the devotional book The Dawning of Indestructible Joy. Please read the December 1 devotional first.]

The Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.

Luke 19:10

Jesus came into the world at the first Advent, and every Advent since is a reminder of his continual advent into more and more lives. And that advent is, in fact, our advent – our coming, our moving into the lives of those around us and into the peoples of the world.

– John Piper, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy, page 16*

Jesus’s primary mission in entering the world as a baby was to seek and to save the lost. As His followers, this is our primary mission, too.

Consider how He sought and saved you.

Consider those you love, who are still lost. What about those you don’t love? or don’t know? He came for them, too.

Jesus said: “As the Father has sent Me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21)

Lord, open my heart to the lost. Bless me with the faith to go where You send.

[Feature Image Photo seen on blog by Gareth Harper on Unsplash]

*© 2014. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187,

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