“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:”
2 Corinthians 4:3
Yesterday, we saw how from scriptures the unbeliever is regarded as darkness and how we are responsible for causing light to shine in their hearts.
Today, we will be looking at another way the scriptures define the man without Christ. Jesus in Luke chapter 19 makes a striking statement when he reveals the purpose of His incarnation. He says “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Luke 19:10.
This statement by Jesus was made to Zacchaeus’ and the ‘lost’ in this context was a living individual who wasn’t by any means physically misplaced. Jesus intimated that His going into Zacchaeus’ home was for Zacchaeus’ salvation. So, lost in this context was clearly a spiritual state.
Our opening scripture tells us that if the gospel is hid (veiled), it is hid to those who are perishing (lost, unsaved). You may ask “How are they lost?” They are lost simply because they don’t know that Christ is the Way.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” John 14:6. He is the Way and anybody who hasn’t discovered that He is the Way and in fact the only Way, is lost.
Peter reiterated the very same idea and truth in his defence for the gospel after being questioned by the elders, rulers and scribes. He says “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.
Therefore, our role in leading the lost back to the Way can’t be taken with levity. We can’t afford to be indifferent about it. We know the Way, we’ve been found by the Father, we must do the same for others.
God calls us to do what only He can do, and what He has chosen not to do without us. Hallelujah! What a privilege!
Go out today and help the lost trace their steps into the arms of a loving father who made the first step in reaching out to them.
Say This: I recognize my responsibility in helping the lost find their way back to the Father. This is my ministry! This is my calling!