Who are the Lost? – Pastor Bill Lewis

The Lost, who are they? The church speaks of the lost, the Bible speaks of the lost. What are they lost from?
The answers to those questions are important. There is an attitude in Christian circles regarding the lost. Often they are spoken of as the rabble of the earth, the down and out, the addicts, the surly, nasty people. They are the homeless, the criminal, the abuser, the foul mouthed, the unwanted. Yes, I am sure that comprises some of the lost. But there are lost out there that are financially successful, top of their profession, good moral character people, salt of the earth people, kind people, librarians and church goers.
The lost cover every strata of life. The lost come in all colors of humanity and they live in every nation. They are humans that are struggling to put food on the table and live an existence of some sort of meaning. They love and they hate. They are kind and they are mean.
The state of lostness may not be a down and out existence. It may be the high life. Lostness has nothing to do with social status or position.
First of all, what have they lost or what constitutes this condition? The Bible declares that ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. ALL mean ALL. Universal. No Exception. So, the state of being lost includes everyone to start with.
Humanity is lost from the original intention of God for his creation, including the individual purpose of each human being who ever lives. Vast is the purposes of God to be able to bring intention and purpose to everyone who breaks from the womb and breathes.
The lost condition is from the sin, rebellion, and huge loss to man that took place in the Garden of Eden. Man’s huge potential for learning, comprehension, spiritual capacities was completely retarded, stumped, and nearly destroyed. The ability to fellowship with God was cut off. The communication with God became solely based on His initiative. Man had not stance any longer with God; yet the love of God still reached out to the creation that forsook him, chose another path, believed a lie, and decided to lean on his own understanding rather than God’s. Since then man lapsed in worships of fantasy, idols, creatures, and self. Modern man particularly worships himself and the creation while denying a creator. Lostness primarily is a condition of ignoring the creator, concocting some philosophy that dismisses God, and choosing to use the worship capacity of the soul in some offensive manner to the creator, proclaiming to be wise they continue to be fools.
But the lost do not like to be called fools since so much of the lost state has to do with human intelligence. So, reaching for the lost is a tricky business. While we know they are lost, we must identify with our own lost condition prior to knowing Jesus. You remember well that religion and Bible thumpers were to be avoided and ridiculed. But then one day you met someone who challenged you without condemning you. You also noticed something in them that was appealing; yet undefinable. However, you knew there was something and you wanted it.
The Holy Spirit is always working to bring the lost to Jesus. He works at it patiently and sometimes for years before the person sees their poverty and cries for help. The lost need a friend who knows what it was like to be lost and found the path to life. The lost need friends that are Holy Spirit patient and Holy Spirit persevering. Because, “once I was lost, but now I am found!”

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