Have you ever been driving and gotten lost? Even with this day of modern technology you can still get lost, unless you have a GPS. We apparently do not have a GPS so when we were driving around in circles about twice this week. It is always good when you know where you are going. Even then you sometimes end up on the wrong path. This has spiritual implications for the people who are Christians, and the people who don’t know Christ yet. Before we accepted Christ, we were all lost. We were driving around without any sense of direction. We didn’t know where we were going, or maybe we did, but we were wrong. Some people realize that they need directions or a map, or instruction on how to get from one place to another, but some people think they know the right way. God gives clear instructions as He did to Noah when He was building the ark, and as He did to Solomon when he was building the temple.
Jesus is always looking for lost people, whether believers or unbelievers. He is looking for His sheep who are lost.
15 Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. 2 And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, “This Man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 So He spoke this parable to them, saying:
4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness, and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!’ 7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
We are so lost without Jesus in our lives. Without Him we would not be able to make. He is the Savior of our souls, and He makes straight paths for our feet. Without His guidance through the Holy Spirit, we would be wandering around in darkness without a light. It’s good if you have night vision and can see in the dark, but most people don’t have that night vision and so when they are wandering in darkness they would need a light.
Sometimes when we go to Church we see the people who are there including ourselves and we ourselves are rejoicing and singing and worshipping, and we forget about the one person out there who is in need of our support, encouragement, and love. We think because we are growing to new levels with God and really blessed by God, we forget about the people who are outcast, and wandering around in life with no direction. They could keep going around in circles until they find Jesus and have the hope and the love that guides them into the right path.
The Christian path to love unconditionally is a difficult one, and sensitivity means allowing your self to be emotionally hurt sometimes, but it is the sacrifice that God has required us to make. It may be difficult and very difficult and very humbling to be with someone who is suffering.
I have never had the experience of working in a Nursing Home, but I can see the place where they come from inside the Nursing Home. People who are disabled, and maybe even elderly, may not have that much hope left because so much of their life is left behind them, and they may live with regret if they are lost. They are in the last stages of their life and they need more love and compassion. To understand them, you have to understand them as people and have a heart for the lost. The physically disabled may see life in limitations and may feel discouraged by their circumstances because they have an expectation for God to heal them, but they may not have little faith to see it come to pass. They need to be taught of the love and the goodness of God first and built on that foundation before they can see things happen in their bodies. Which brings us back to one of the verses in the parable of the Lost Sheep. Jesus said, He rejoices over that one sheep that is lost. The Bible says – rejoice with those who rejoice and weep with those who weep.
It takes more than praying for someone it takes, going out of your way and going the extra mile to meet that person at their point of need. This goes for anyone who is lost. Even if the person is stubborn, we must still show compassion and love toward them and enough love to melt the person’s heart and soften it until it becomes like wax because don’t you know dear brethren, that the kindness of God leads to repentance. I think in some ways Peter was also stubborn, and it took Jesus to rebuke Peter, but He was still kind to Peter.
To be like Jesus takes great understanding of people. This understanding of people comes from the Holy Spirit, who allows us to have compassion and to seek after the lost just like Jesus does. Sometimes we have to meet them at their level, and show them what Christ is like. Of course there is always free-will and whether they choose to accept the love of Christ is completely up to them, but Jesus is always pursuing them, and He is going after the lost with compassion.
Let’s say you say you see that person who didn’t show up to Church for a long time show up, are you going to carry on as usual, or are you going to throw a special party in honor of that person? That’s what Jesus would do. Jesus would go and rejoice, with singing, over that person who was lost.
Without the Light we are walking in darkness and Jesus is the Light, and we need to be vessels of light and to shine the light among the people. We need to show abundant care and concern for our brothers, and we need to ask ourselves, am I my brother’s keeper? It may be very difficult and very hard, but with the strength of the Holy Spirit, it becomes easy to pursue someone with love.
How can we be a light to others and how can we go after the lost?