Lost and Found
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Lost and Found
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ-the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead. Philippians 3:7-11
There are only two kinds of people in the world.
The world’s system, which an enemy of God wants you to believe in, teaches that there are many kinds of people classified by sex, race, weight, height, age, wealth, job, position, prestige and power. The world measures people differently than God. The world’s system can disguise itself as a religious system making you believe the way to God is by self-effort and doing good works. The world’s system can lead you to harden your heart towards the lost. It can cause you to see the lost as a nuisance or even a threat to yourself, family, children, work, community and nation.
God looks at the heart of man. Under God’s system, the two types of people in the world are the lost and the found. Paul describes his life from a lost and found perspective.
People who are lost are people who have not been found. They don’t even know they are lost. They are empty, trying to fill up their lives with false fulfillment. They fill themselves with the emptiness of work, hobbies, relationships, power, prestige, stuff, religion and substance. They are continuously searching to fill the emptiness.
The found person, saved person, converted person, redeemed and born again person recognizes their need for a Savior from the sin world. They recognize their need for God’s forgiveness. They recognize the impossibility of having eternal life without God’s love and forgiveness. The saved person embraces Jesus Christ by faith as the payment for their sin and the basis of for their forgiveness.
They were lost now they have found LIFE in Christ Jesus.
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