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Friday, May 23, 2014

Think About It

Are You Lost?

Several years ago I was backpacking in the White mountains of New Hampshire. After I set up camp, I decided to go for a hike and explore more of the area. I set out on the trail that had brought me into the area and proceeded up hill and then a downhill decent. After a couple of hours I decided to head back to my camp. After hiking for about two hours, I started to become concerned and wondered if I was lost. I can tell you that having done quite a bit of backpacking; I had never found myself in this situation before. I was ill prepared to spend a night in the woods without the cover of my tent etc. When I left my camp I brought nothing with me other than the shorts that I was wearing and a tee shirt, even though I had a fanny pack with some essential things like matches, flashlight and other useful items, but I had left all of that at the camp. Eventually I did find my camp after more than five hours of walking and reassessing my location and bearings. Interestingly, I was probably lost the minute that I set out, but I didn’t realize it. That’s the problem with being lost; those who find themselves in this situation are lost for a long time before they ever realize it.

In Luke 19:10, Jesus said that he came to seek and save the lost. But here’s the problem, people didn’t know they were lost. In fact, the religious people were offended by the notion that they were lost. After all, they were the teachers and prided themselves in knowing the law and all that needed to be done to satisfy what God required. They were the ones that brought the women caught in adultery for Jesus to judge. Interestingly they seemed to have left the man involved in the adultery behind. Jesus of course didn’t condemn the woman.

People who know they are lost are quick to seek help. In fact they’re praying that someone finds them. But to those that don’t know they’re lost, they plod along as if nothing is wrong and will become angry if anyone even suggests that they might be lost. I suppose that this might be a matter of pride. So the question for you and I is simple. Are you lost? Think about it.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

So true! I have been the one "lost" at times, and I've seen others I care about being the "lost" ones, as well. You're right that people (including me) don't even realize they're lost at the time when they are going down a wayward path. I have found that my prayers for a "lost" person are the best possible course of action I can offer. God changes lives...HE changed mine!

Anonymous said...

So what exactly determines whether someone is lost?



Anonymous said...

So that's why the bible thumpers get mad when told they are lost or wrong hey ?