Fresh Hope – 21st February 2017

Every organisation that is centred around people, has a lost property office, cupboard or at the very least, a cardboard box.

Accompanying this, is usually a book that records as an inventory, all lost items. It’s amazing how many things get left behind without anyone seemingly being bothered to chase them up. You do begin to wonder as to how an adult could go home and leave just one sock behind – at what point did they take it off and forget to put it back on?!

Then there’s valuable items that just sit there for months without being claimed, leaving you to believe that someone out there must be racking their brains as to where they might be.

Interestingly, the Bible records many lost items, which turn our thoughts as to why it would do so? The answer is simple…it’s a book devoted to lost people.
Just like a cookery book is designed to help us create fantastic dishes, and a car maintenance manual is designed to help us repair a car, then the Bible is a manual to show lost people how to be found. Found by God, that is.

In one part of the Bible (Luke 15) there are three things recorded as lost things. These three things are actually stories or parables told by Jesus to help us understand how important lost people are to him…

The lost coin – has no value unless placed in the hands of the one who can spend it…making it WORTHLESS.

The lost sheep – just wandering around without a shepherd…it’s AIMLESS.

The lost son – left to his own devices without a father…he’s RECKLESS or senseless.

Maybe that’s exactly how you feel?

The whole point of this story about ‘lostness’ is found in the closing words about the lost son…”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.”’

God is passionate about finding lost people; in fact the whole purpose of Him sending Jesus to the planet was to to save the lost.
I lost my car some years ago, or at least I thought I had. I parked it and left it for just five minutes and when I went back it was gone. Stolen? After several minutes, I realised that it was exactly where I had left it. My car wasn’t lost…I was. I’d simply forgotten where I’d parked it!

Have you ever asked where God is? Have you felt that His presence is no longer close?

The answer lies in that He is where you left Him. He’s not lost – you are!

The great news is that He is right now waiting for you to turn back to Him and be found.

He’s closer than the breath you breathe.

He’s only ever a prayer away.

Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’

Pastor Mark

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