If you have ever felt lost, then you know well the anxiety that comes from that realization. Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, came to seek and save that which was lost (Luke 19:10). We all like sheep had gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way (Isaiah 53:6). We were dead in our transgressions, separated from our God and the life that is in Him (Ephesians 2:1-5). Lost? Yes, we were by the very definition – L-O-S-T ! The dictionary has a thorough definition of the word lost:
lost adjective [past participle of lose] (15th century) not made use of, won, or claimed
2a: no longer possessed b:no longer known
3: ruined or destroyed physically or morally: desperate
4 a: taken away or beyond reach or attainment:denied (regions lost to the faith) b:insensible, hardened (lost to shame)
5 a:unable to find the way b: no longer visible c:lacking assurance or self-confidence: helpless
6: rapt, absorbed (lost in reverie)
7: not appreciated or understood:wasted (their jokes were lost on me)
(Inc Merriam-Webster, Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary (Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster, 1996).
We came to believe that we were lost in our sins, but we also came to believe in the atoning death of Lord Jesus Christ on the cross (John 3:16; 8:12, 24; 1Jn 2:1) and God’s power to raise Him from the dead. Having believed this, we submitted ourselves to Him in baptism (Colossians 2:12-13), and we were united with Him in baptism to be freed from sin and walk in newness of life (Romans 6:4-7). However, we still may face the feeling of being lost, lost in our emotions, trials, struggles, ignorance, and even just circumstances. Revisit the definitions of the word – lost. Now, think about your life, your heart. Can you see how the devil tempts us feel lost? When we feel helpless, overwhelmed, hardened, denied, desperate, invisible, and unknown to others and God’s purpose. We feel, in a sense, L-O-S-T!
Here is the good news – Jesus Christ, the same one who came to seek and save us initially, He is still the same – yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)!