I Didn't Know That I Was Lost

I Didn't Know That I Was Lost

Recently I was in an exercise class when the song “Wake Me Up” was played. This is a popular secular song by Swedish DJ Avicii and singer Aloe Blacc. The song ends with the phrase, “I didn’t know I was lost” sung repeatedly in a haunting, plaintive tone.

I suddenly had a very realistic vision of each person in the room turning to speak this phrase to me, meaning ‘lost’ in the Christian sense - the lack of Jesus as their savior. This gave me a fresh realization. Every day I am surrounded by wonderful people who are truly lost. I have been given the ultimate blessing of meeting Jesus, the key who unlocks eternity in Heaven. Yet even so, I find myself going through my daily life without a thought for the eternal destiny of those around me.

In the Gospel of Luke, the Bible tells us this is the reason why Jesus came to earth.

for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. – Luke 19:10 (NKJV)

In Matthew 28, Jesus Himself gives his followers these instructions:

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit – Matthew 28:19 (NKJV)

Why then do I continue to go through most of my life without telling more people about the wonder of Jesus’ love? I think fear is the biggest reason. I feel a fear of looking foolish, fear of rejection, fear that I won’t have the right words to say. These fears have no place in this situation of ultimate importance.

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28 (NKJV)

I believe this realization is a God-given opportunity to grow in this area. I need to honestly examine my reasons for not sharing the Gospel more often. I suspect I will find that many of these “reasons” are groundless. Please join me in praying that God will strengthen His followers to be witnesses for Him in our towns, our countries, and to the end of the earth.