For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10 ESV)
If Jesus came to McDowell County I am convinced he would not call a meeting of local pastors. I don’t think he would attend a Wednesday night prayer service or Sunday morning worship. I don’t think he would make house calls to long-time church members.
I think he would go to McDowell County jail, talk with an anxious inmate awaiting trial, confront his sin and invite him to follow Him.
I think he might go to McDowell High School, eat lunch with students and share how he is the sum total of all their longings and desires.
I think he would knock on the door of a single mom, rock her child to sleep and tell her how he can fill her lonely heart.
I think he would intercept the drug dealer (he may pull out the whip on this one!), confront him with his sin and invite him to become a fisher of men.
I think he would head to Mount Mitchell, look down on McDowell County, and weep over the 65% who are lost.
But Jesus isn’t coming to McDowell County. He sent you. He sent me.