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Oct 24, 2022

According to an article in The New Yorker by Tim Lu we've entered an age of Never-Lost Land, "where no one and nothing gets lost." Lu writes, "Thanks to G.P.S, Bluetooth, and the Internet, it is, day by day, becoming harder both to become lost and to lose things." Sure, it's a relief, Lu argues, but have we lost something in the process of never losing anything."

Think about it for a moment. In today's world, we can know with precision our physical location on planet earth. We can determine with relative ease, the location of our keys, car, cell phone and family members. Yet all the while feel totally and completely lost when it comes to life. 

Lu ends the article by saying, "It is something of the paradox of technological progress that, in our efforts to become invulnerable, we usually gain new, unexpected vulnerabilities, leaving us in vaguely the same condition after all."

It is truly fascinating that in all of our progress with technology, medicine, science, and sophistication we find ourselves culturally dealing with the same age old problems of: purpose, meaning, brokenness, value, and lostness.  

The good news continues to rest in the comforting stories of Jesus as found in Luke 15. There we learn that God not only cares about people who are lost, but will spare no expense in bringing them home. When they are home, he adopts them into his them purpose, meaning and life.

Maybe most importantly, when lost people are found a party is thrown to celebrate with joy. Think about that for a moment. The culture of Heaven is wired to party when a lost person comes home!

Here are a few questions I want you to answer:

  1. If you are a child of God, do you care about lost people like your Heavenly Father does?
  2. When you see someone who is lost, do you have empathy and try to help or do you have disdain and mutter about that person? 
  3. When a lost son or daughter comes home are you full of joy or ambivalent?

Give a listen to this sermon as we use Scripture to answer those questions and learn how we can be people who have a heart like our Heavenly Father.