We are a culture that is becoming lost in many ways. It is so easy to forget the things that truly bring joy and happiness in life and we elevate so many things that do not and can actually take value from us. As I speak this weekend on the parable of the Lost Sheep (Luke 15), I had a thought that many are lost spiritually, but even believers can be lost if we are not careful. We can miss the best God has for us, and the experiences and people in our lives, that may bring great value can be overlooked or dismissed.
What are people lost in?
- The priority of money
- The pursuit of stuff, and purchasing.
- Selfish pleasure
- Phones and tablets
- Streaming binges
- The past
- A failure
- Living fake to please others
The list could go on and on. I am thankful that no matter what degree we are lost, or how we are lost Jesus said in Luke 19:10 that he came “to seek and to save that which was lost.”I recently got lost on the side of a mountain in North Carolina. I was enjoying the walk down to a beautiful pond and on the walk up I was lost. I didn’t know it. It all looked the same. I was walking up, there were trees and leaves and rocks and it all looked ok to me. It was only after a while that I felt I should have been back at the cabin I realized I might be lost. I pulled out my GPS, had service, and realized I somehow went slanted up the mountain and was going up the opposite side. My point is, I did not know I was lost.
Many don’t realize they are lost. Life is happening, eating, sleeping, going to work, interacting, but there is so much that could be going so much better in our hearts and souls, but we don’t even realize it.
When one is lost, it usually involves and crazy amount of time and energy being invested. Our day, evening, thoughts, energy and our conversations surround much of what we are lost in. Our choices are influenced, and the direction of our heart and even our life can be altered into a direction that is not from the Lord and not His plan for your life and time.
Some questions to help determine if you are lost. Use these like I used my GPS
- What do you do mostly when you are not working?
- What dreams have you shelved and what replaced them.
- What do you treasure? What do you pursue?
- Is your direction in life leading you closer to Jesus or farther away?
- At your funeral, what would the top 5 closest people say about you and what you liked in life?
- Would the way you live now, cause you regret in 10 years?
- Are you missing out on the things in life that really really matter? Faith, Family, Friendships.
“for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:21, NASB95)
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13, NASB95)