LOST! When the earthquake of 2010 happened in Haiti our ministry team had just departed two days before. Pastor Elysee Joseph, my Haitian friend and partner, was supposed to leave Haiti on the day of the earthquake but he was stuck in Haiti for an entire month. Our Administrator who lived in Haiti had a sister in Port Au Prince and right after the quake Pastor Joseph and our Administrator went to Port Au Prince to look for her sister. They never found her. Another one of our employees had a daughter at the University in Port Au Prince. He went to Port Au Prince to look for his daughter. He never found her. These two ladies were buried in the rubble and likely their bodies were scooped up in the rubble and taken to the dump, a fate of thousands of people during that event. It is sad to talk about that time in life. The one redeeming factor in this tragedy is that both of these ladies knew Jesus as Savior and Lord.
There are billions of people on planet earth, and some in your community, who are not saved and they are facing impending if not imminent judgment. No one knows when the last day of their life could be, today or any other day. We all have friends, family, neighbors and co-workers who are lost and need Christ. If one of these people turned up missing we would pull out all stops to try and find them. 911 calls would be made and TV, radio and newspaper articles would be used. We would post pictures on the light posts and telephone poles. Yet those same people, who appear to be safe & sound right now, face eternity lost from God and often we show very little interest in them.
But praise God, Jesus is interested in the lost. Jesus loves spiritually lost people and He rejoices along with all those in heaven when a lost sinner repents and comes to Him. Jesus shared this truth in Luke 15:1-7 (NIV): “Then Jesus told them this parable: ‘Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” You know the rest of the story. When the one is found then a party with the neighbors occurs. “Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found the lost sheep.’” And then Jesus makes this pointed application, “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.” There are people spiritually lost all around us. Do we need a disaster to awaken us to that reality or do we take action steps now so that people will be prepared for eternity if or when disaster strikes?