Spiritually Speaking… Can’t Be Found Until You are Lost

I have come to know that in life, there are some certainties; irrefutable facts. The opposite of hot is cold. If you believe there is good in the world, then you have to acknowledge that evil also exists, or vice versa. For every up, there is a down. As a matter of fact, the reality of opposites lets us know that there should be expectancy in life that forces us to act in a certain way. Let me explain. For example, when you know you’re dealing with a lie instead of the truth, you act a certain way. A child reacts a certain way if he or she believes in Santa Claus and when the truth of this is known and the child knows that they know that they know, he or she will instantly act accordingly. The perspective I’m trying to get you to see and react to here is the truth of lost and found.

Now I’m talking about us; you and me, so called believers. Are you lost? Are you found? And who determines the right answer? Biblically, we lost it all in Eden and had it restored at the cross. The it I’m referring to again is us. Can you be found without being lost first? In my case, I know what lost is because once I found Christ, I found me. It may sound trite to you but finding myself in a relationship with God was and is an eye opening experience; the likes of which I would wish on every one of you. Understand that being lost in this world is also being vulnerable to it. The world will see to it that you lose yourself to its entanglements, its temptations, to its temporary pleasures known as whatever your weaknesses are: i.e. greed, ambition, pride, sex, drugs, power, guilt and shame. Pick your poison. If you don’t, then being lost allows your poison to pick you.

A funny thing happens when you make an honest effort to find yourself; much like the addict who must first admit the addiction. The effort is defined by an acknowledgement of being lost and in need of third party help. In the Parable of the Lost Son that acknowledgement looks like this. “…Father I have sinned against heaven and you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.” Luke 15:18-19. His truth, he could not deny. He was lost and in need of answers. Being lost, he found it in this plea to God. It enabled him to find himself, if not define himself and ultimately make his way home. And you know what he found? He found a waiting father who had these enlightened words for the son who never left. “But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” Luke 15:32.

All I am trying to say is, when you finally get it, there’s only one place to go; and that’s home. In this case and every one I’m familiar with, home is where God is. The way was prepared by Christ who, like a homing beacon, shows us all how to find ourselves and thus, be found. If you’ve ever been truly lost, you know the exhilaration you feel when you finally figure it out and get going in the right direction. Recognize that being lost is not the issue. Having enough sense to know it and do something about it is. I promise you, the moment you begin to look for the Lord, He will find you. He is right there at the depths of your despair just waiting for you to look at Him. It should redefine your life. That kind of lost will always be found.

May God bless and keep you always.

James, jaws@dallasweekly.com