Lost and Found :
I cannot tell you how many times I have lost my phone this week.
Every time I lose my things, I will try to recall my steps backwards.
I will begin my search by looking inside my spice drawer, or medicine cabinet, the space between the sofa, or under my car seat.
Sometimes I will find it right away or after a day or two. Imagine losing your child in a crowd. I was once lost for a few minutes in a crowded train station as a toddler. I haven’t forgotten that fear .
–Have you felt lost and distant from God?
–Do you find everything in your life just out of place?
–You wonder if things will fall into the right place any time soon.
–Worries about losing someone important in your life has begun to take over your thoughts
Now close your eyes and reminiscence about the time you experienced God’s faithfulness in your life.
Take one more step back and you will recall how the Lord was good to you even in the most challenging times.
You will remember that He remained constant even when everyone else abandoned you or wrote you off.
I remember weeping when I got lost as a child because I couldn’t find my parents near me. But I also vividly recall the joy my parents showed when they found me.
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
Jesus came to seek –
–The ones who have left home because of reasons known and unknown.
–The ones who have lost their way back to God
–The one who want to commit suicide or continue using drugs to forget their pains.
Jesus has been waiting for you!!!!
Creation is lost without its Creator
He is willing to leave the 99 of His beloved sheep in a secular place and come search for you.
No one can fill this emptiness and loneliness within you.
No amount of alcohol, or ecstasy, romantic movies can make you feel complete.
The pleasures of this world have its limits, but the fulfillment in Christ is limitless and complete.
He is waiting for you outside the door of your beating heart like a relentless lover. The Lord wants you to hear His knock and let Him in today.
No matter how far you feel you have gone away from God, He is taking those steps towards you. All you must do is go back to Him.
Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. (James 4:8)
if we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
So how does Jesus respond when you and I are found in Him?
Here are 4 ways Jesus responds
1.He rejoices over your return:
God, the Father anxiously awaits the return of His lost children. He celebrates your return and gives you the dignity you deserve not the punishment.
Luke 15:20, MSG When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him.
The unconditional love of a father makes me teary eyed all the time. The father celebrated the return of the prodigal son. He arranged for the best of the best to be given to his once lost son.
Heaven rejoices over you along with the entire host of angels as well.
2. He doesn’t remember your past sins:
I have a certain family member who would forget to hug me, but will never forgot to remind me of my past errors as a child.
The best part about God is that HE purposely CHOOSES to forget your past deeds, and every grave mistake.
An all-knowing God who forgets our sins.
I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins. Isaiah 43:25, ESV
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12, KJV
God doesn’t treat you according to your sins after you confess and return to Him. He treats you royally.
3.He restores you back to His banqueting table
Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends. Revelation 3:20,NLT
A perfect image between the SEEKER and the lost resulting in a restored relationship. A lost sinner is reconciled purely by the goodness and condescension of Christ.
A beautiful invitation of Christ’s love for His Bride is the picture I want to give you today.
4. He reminds you gently to sin no more
A woman was caught in the act of adultery and a bunch of men wanted to stone her to death as per the law. But I see Jesus, a Truer man asking those men to throw the first stone if they were without sin as well.
Now all those men left the place one by one, and the only Man of God who never sinned remained.
These very words of Jesus in John 8:10-11 draws me towards Him to worship Him. He stands in front of the woman and asks her
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
A God who forgives, and never condemns even when He has the power and authority to throw the first stone at us.
It is never too late to be found in Lord Jesus.
All you must do is take those steps back to Him, confess your sins, and be in a good relationship with God.
–Are you lost or found in Jesus?
–How long have you been away from this relationship with God?
–Which of these 4 responses from Jesus do you connect with the most?
Until we meet again,
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