Thoughts From

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Am I lost?

There are a lot of different kinds of smart.  Some people are socially smart, or emotionally smart, numbers smart, and musically smart.  We all have varying degrees of intelligence, talent and ability that we bring to different circumstances in life.  And, unfortunately, we all have some gaps too.

I must confess here now.  I have a serious deficiency of smart in my sense of direction.  I have been lost under Paris (switching trains), in Venice (late for my bus), and even within walking distance of my house (let’s just leave out the details there).

In general, when one is lost, there is a simple remedy.  Find someone who isn’t lost, and listen to them.  Even better, find someone who is going where you need to be, and follow them.

The concept of “lost” is familiar to those who have been around church before.  But what does it really mean?  And how do I know if I am lost, in a spiritual sense?

We are born innocent, as pure as can be, tiny little bodies that possess spirits that will live forever.  Our journey starts, and at some point along the way we lose our inherent innocence because we make willful choices to disobey.  Our sins become a barricade between us and our Holy Father.

Those with the barricade in place are the lost.  At judgment they have no remedy for sin, and they lose access to eternity in heaven, instead facing torment.

So obviously it is a serious question.  Am I lost?  If I am, how can I fix it?

In John 14:6, Jesus said “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  In Christ, we are saved.  We are covered with His blood to atone for our sins.  We are free and safe, no longer lost.

We contact the blood through baptism, and we stay covered by faithfulness.

Are you lost?  Why not call today and ask someone to show you God’s directions in the Bible?   It might require a U-turn, but we can all get to heaven through Jesus.

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