For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10
All four Gospel accounts record a form of the Great Commission—Jesus’ commission to His disciples to continue His work on earth. Perhaps the words that tie our commission to Jesus’ own mission most clearly are found in John 20:21: “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
What was Jesus sent to do? By His own words and His own example, He was sent to “seek and to save that which was lost.” Therefore, we are sent to do the same. As the Father sent the Son into the world to seek the lost, so does the Son send the Church into the world on the same assignment. Jesus’ words to that effect came at the end of His encounter with Zacchaeus, a wealthy tax collector who Jesus called to Himself (Luke 19:1-10). Jesus saw a man in need and reached out to him and changed his life. That’s an example of what we are sent to do as well.
Seeking and reaching out to the lost can be intimidating, but just as Jesus was obedient to the Father, we must obey Him.
God’s command “Go ye, and preach the gospel to every creature” was the categorical imperative. The question of personal safety was wholly irrelevant. Elisabeth Elliot
A Sinner Meets a Seeking Savior, Part 1 (Luke 19:1-10)