Devotionals
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May 21, 2017, 5:00 AM

How has God rescued you?


I’ve learned an important lesson over the years and that is that no one can’t truly appreciate being found until they come to grips with the reality of being lost. If you’ve been in church for any amount of time, you’ve heard about “those people” who are lost. Often, they are painted in a not-so-pleasant light – devious, sick, selfish, etc. They’re lost…and they love it.

 

“Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Doesn’t she light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” Luke 15:8-10

But, that’s not how the Bible paints those that are lost. In Luke 15, Jesus tells three parables, each one having to do with something being lost. A lost sheep. A lost coin. A lost son. The sheep didn’t purposefully wander off. He just put his head down and began chewing on the next patch of grass. The coin didn’t jump off the table and make its goal to find the crack of the couch cushion. The lost son didn’t have a grand plan to squander his inheritance, he just wanted freedom.

 

No one gets lost intentionally. Neither does anyone fall away from God overnight; it’s something that happens one choice, or one step, at a time. We settle for second best and cheap imitations. We don’t guard our hearts and, before we know it, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life entices us. We fail to see all those wants and desires that we have as our heart shouting for connection with its Creator.

 

Attempting to navigate this world on our own has caused all of us to get off course. This means there is no “us vs. them.” At one time or another, we’ve all lost our way. The only difference is that we have become aware of our surroundings. We noticed that we had been going around in circles trying to find fulfillment, hope, love and peace in all the wrong places. We also know our rescuer – the One who made it His mission to seek and save the lost.

 

Now, as believers, we are called to join the search party and point those who are lost to where freedom is found. Not because we are better or worthier, but because thanks to our encounter with God’s grace we recognize where hope is found. How has God rescued you? If you are not careful, where are you most prone to wander to find fulfillment and love apart from God?

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, thank You I once was lost and You found me.  Jesus help me to never forget the great rescue story You’ve told with my life.  Lord remind each day that everyone I come in contact with today You gave Your Son for in order to rescue them. Jesus I want my life to point those who have lost their way to the life-changing hope I have found in You. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.


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