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Have you ever lost something that was really important?
Your car keys, or perhaps your purse or wallet. Maybe you’ve lost something even more valuable and precious, something you couldn’t replace like an heirloom or a box of photos? There is a moment of panic that sets in when we lose something precious. Just the thought of it makes me a little weak in the knees.
What about your kids… ever lose one of your kids? I did. *Disclaimer* If you are a perfect parent and you’ve never ever let your children out of your sight for even one moment just skip this post entirely. This one is for all the real people.
So I did lose one of our children once. We were at a birthday party on a Saturday afternoon at a busy local park. I had three kids under 7 years old and was fully pregnant with number four. As the afternoon went by, every few minutes I would look around for my kids and headcount them. One, two, three, yes. Everyone is accounted for.
At one point, all the men at the party decided to go for a hike up to the top of a monument in the park. The women stayed behind with the kids. I remember looking for my kids, one, two… nothing. I took a deep breath in and could not exhale. I began to run frantically around the park calling out my son’s name. He was nowhere to be found.
Other parents began helping me look. Nothing. Finally, one of the other dads who had stayed behind with us suggested that maybe my son had followed his dad up the monument. I remember looking, 8 months pregnant, wishing I could run like the wind to check it out but I couldn’t. This lovely man offered to run… not walk… run to the top of the monument to look for my son. The few minutes it took for him to come back were like days. I was running through every fear filled scenario in my mind. Then they came into sight. My husband with my son running closely behind. He was safe. I could finally exhale.
Tears of gratitude and relief flowed as I ran to embrace my seven-year-old boy. He apologized sincerely for scaring me and running off without my permission. I couldn’t care less…. he was safe. I’ll never forget that helpless feeling of not being able to find my son and bring him back to safety.
When we read the story of Adam and Eve sinning in the garden of Eden we immediately think of all the things they lost that day. But have you ever stopped to think of what God lost that day? His creation. His friends. His people. Lost.
That day, God made a plan to seek us out and bring us safely back home. His heart ached for us to know his love again, and to be able to experience the closeness of fellowship we had in the garden. So, He devised a plan. A plan to show the world his great love by sending his only Son to die on a cross and redeem us back for the curse of sin that had lured us away. I talked a bit more about this in a short devotional video that you can watch here.
Jesus said in Luke 19:10 that he came to seek and save that which was lost. Quite literally… he came to actively search out and redeem everything that was heading for destruction.
Of course, we instinctively think about the day we were saved. The day that grace reached into the darkest places of our hearts and called us out into the light. And that is totally true. God’s love, revealed in the person of Jesus came to search us out and call us out into a brand-new life. But I believe there’s so much more.
Jesus is in a continual pursuit to seek out and redeem lost areas of our lives.
Lost marriages and relationships.
Childhood innocence that was lost to someone we trusted.
Pieces of our identity that have been lost by what others have said about us.
Our purpose and dreams that have been lost in the chaos of our lives.
Broken little pieces of our hearts that we’ve lost to fear, failure, regret and shame.
Everything and anything in our lives that the enemy may have used to sidetrack us, distract us or keep us from living free, is turned into an opportunity for redemption. There is absolutely nothing in our life that is outside the scope of redemption in Jesus Christ. He takes lost, old, broken, dry things and breathes new life into them.
So, the question of the day is simply this.
What areas of your life are still lost and need to be sought out and saved by Jesus?
I recently shared this message at my home church. You can listen to the full-length audio message here…
Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.