Lost and Found Department
Have you ever lost something important or valuable? Have you ever felt that nauseating drop in your stomach as a sudden, frantic search ensues? Have you spent time in the Lost and Found Department rifling through other people’s belongings searching for your cherished possession?
The very word “lost” radiates a wide variety of negative emotions—hopelessness, emptiness, separateness, and desperation—it’s a word entirely devoid of joy.
And Jesus knows how you feel. He spends most of His time in the Lost and Found Department, looking for His most prized and precious possessions—us.
That was all He did during His time here on Earth. He spent most of His time socializing with lost sinners and rejoicing in their repentance and acceptance of Him. This was to the Pharisees’ dismay and surprise, who complained that “He was associating with such sinful people—even eating with them!” (Luke 15:2). Although this was intended to be a scathing attack on Jesus’ character, it served as just the opposite. The very work Jesus came to do WAS to save those who were lost sinners (Matthew 9:13; Luke 19:10). It’s a work He continues to this day. Jesus is still diligently looking in the Lost and Found Department for the sinful to save.
If he spends all His time there, shouldn’t we? Shouldn’t we ask to be His instrument in the search for the lost and broken? Shouldn’t we ask God to allow us to be a beacon for those searching to be found? Knowing there is great joy and celebration in heaven when each soul is found, don’t you want to be a part of it? I know I do.
I encourage you to allow yourself to be found. Join the taxgatherers and sinners and draw nearer to Jesus. Listen to Him. If you do, you will know the joy of being found, and once you’re found, you can experience the delight in helping others experience the same joy.
I TELL YOU THAT IN THE SAME WAY THERE WILL BE MORE REJOICING IN HEAVEN OVER ONE SINNER WHO REPENTS THAN OVER NINETY-NINE RIGHTEOUS PERSONS WHO DO NOT NEED TO REPENT.