More or less people believe calling someone spiritually lost is a put-down. There’s a difference between losing something and misplacing something. If I misplace something, it means it wasn’t important to me. Only if I lose it, it’s valuable enough for me to try to find it.
People are only lost if they’re worth finding. Think of it this way: The value of a masterpiece doesn’t go down when it’s lost; it goes up. Much like when the Mona Lisa was stolen.
Human beings lose a lot when they aren’t connected to God. We lose our sense of direction, God’s protection, our potential, our happiness, and our future home in Heaven — just to name a few. Nevertheless, the one thing we never lose is our value.
God loved you so much that He sent His very son. The most celebrated verse in the Bible says, “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16 NLT).
You matter so much to God that he underwent a rescue mission to come find you. In John 5, Jesus goes to pools believed to have healing abilities. If someone got into the pool at the right time any illness he had would be healed. As Jesus approached these miraculous pools, He saw a feeble man who had been lying by the pools for a very long time. Jesus boldly walked up to the man and asked if he desired to be healed.
“‘Sir,’ the invalid replied, ‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is agitated. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me’” (John 5:7). Jesus’s response? He rescues the lame man from a hopeless position and heals him on the spot.
When the lame man was healed his circumstances changed, merely believing in Jesus changed the man’s heart. A short while later, Jesus finds the formerly lame man at the temple and warns him, “Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you” (John 5:14).
God rescues us from seemingly hopeless situations. The cause for healing is not to change our circumstances; God wants to change our hearts. Even though we may be lost and others forsake us, God will notice us and never turn from us
God changes our circumstances in order to change our hearts. How has your heart changed as a result of what God’s done in your life?