Originally posted on Facebook January 7, 2021
Lost and Found
“For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.” Mark 8:35
“Lose” from the Greek word “Apollymi” means “to destroy fully.” It is translated “lost” in our verse for today.
“But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Matthew 10:6
We have already established the word “lose” to mean “to fully destroy” so to be lost is to be fully destroyed. This is the condition of the lost man. This was the condition of the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Who would ever think this was to be the case of this very religious nation. The nation through which the Messiah had come. The One who had the power to take away the sins of the world. No wonder we see such a concerted effort to reach the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
I found myself in such a state as a teenage girl. Yes, I went to church, had good friends, and tried to do right but there was always a struggle in my heart. For nearly a year I faced deep conviction over the condition of my soul. Too ashamed to admit I was a sinner and utterly lost. I held on to the fact that I was a good girl, that the Preacher’s daughter was my best friend, and on and on I would go listing all of the good things I was doing to secure my standing before a righteous God.
Oh, I had heard the gospel. I had witnessed Christ’s power to save in the lives of others. There had even been a time when I went forward to receive Christ, but I was young at the time. I could not remember if I understood that I was a sinner, realized there was a hell or if I had believed Jesus died for me. So my doubts were great!
Until the day I said, “I’m lost. I am a sinner and I am lost!” At that moment I was ready! Ready to receive the free gift of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ. October 5, 1981, I received the greatest gift I have ever received. It was on a Monday. He sought me, He found me, He touched me!