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Lost

Posted by admin in February 9th, 2009
Published in faith, missions

ABC’s hit show Lost has won four Emmys, four Guild Awards, won Golden Globes’ best TV drama three times and was voted by the British Academy of Film and Television as the Best American Import. It beat out 20 shows worldwide to win the coveted Monte Carlo International Best Television Award in 2005. According to Nielson it is the most recorded TV show in history and it pulls in 16 million viewers each week with its season premiers averaging around 23 million viewers worldwide. In my circles you just mention Lost and people are ready to talk about their theories behind this much-loved, much-watched TV series. Many people in my community know a lot about the TV show Lost. But for me, especially being raised in an ultra-conservative denomination, the word LOST means something all together different.

Lost for me refers to all the people on this planet who don’t know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and if they die without knowing Him they are forever Lost. Remember the lyrics to the old Gospel song Amazing Grace? “I once was lost but now I’m found…” Lost. Separated. Helpless. Alone.

Today, in this world, there are 1.8 billion people who have never heard the name of Jesus. They didn’t reject Him; they didn’t choose other gods over Him; they didn’t rebel against Him. They simply have never heard of Him. These 1.8 billion are called the Unreached People of our world and they are truly Lost. Let me break it down this way:

You got ten people representing the world’s population. Line ’em up. Ten. One out of ten is a born-again, evangelical, Bible-believing, going-to-heaven follower of Jesus. PTL! That’s one out of ten on this planet. Two out of the ten are nominal Christians…depending on your theology. Daryl is Wesleyan-Arminian and believes a person can lose their salvation. I am a Calvinist and I believe in Eternal Security–once saved, always saved. So, anyway, two out of ten are nominal: they own a Bible, probably are on a church roster somewhere–members; have a profession of faith, but don’t actively engage Jesus in their lives. That’s two out of ten. Now three out of that ten live next door, or in close proximity, to the first three. So, three out of ten, if they are searching or looking for God, they can easily find Him in a church in their neighborhood, at the local Christian bookstore or on Christian radio or TV. Someone, nearby, can tell them the Good News in their own language and they can hear of Jesus’s love and redemption. There are Bibles in their language, Christian resources readily available to them, Christian media in easy access. They may be Lost, but there are plenty of roadmaps available to them to find their way.

Now, here is the really important part: four out of ten people on this planet have NEVER heard the name of Jesus. They know nothing about Him. Four out of ten have NO portion of Scripture in their language, no church within their communities and no access whatsoever to Christian resources. They will be born, marry, work, have children and slip into eternity without ever knowing that Jesus loves them. They will live their entire lives without ever experiencing the peace of God, the joy of the Lord or the hope that is only found in Christ.

And they matter. They matter to God and each one has a name and their names are known to Him. In fact, Scripture tells us that God knows the number of hair on each of their heads (Matthew 10:30). And because they matter to Him, they should matter to me because what is important to Him should be important to me. And they are Lost and Scripture says that those who die without knowing Christ perish. I wish Scripture didn’t say that, but it does. Jesus also tells us that God wishes that none would perish, but that all would come to life in Christ.

1.8 billion people; four out of ten. And they are my responsibility; they are the responsibility of everyone who is a follower of Christ Jesus because after all, Christ has commanded each of us, each one that is a follower of His to go and to tell them of His love. Mark 16:15-16, “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the good news to the whole creation. The one who believes and is baptized will be saved; but the one who does not believe will be condemned.'”

In the Book of Jeremiah God declares, “And you correctly turned, and did right in my sight, in proclaiming liberty to every person; every man to his neighbor; and you made a covenant before me in the House which is called by My name…”

Will you join me today in praying for these Unreached People? Will you join me today in seeking God’s face on how we can reach them with the wonderful news that there is a Savior? Will you covenant with me today in asking God how we might be a part of bringing His love and life and hope to these Unreached People? I don’t know why He has chosen to use mere mortals to proclaim His love. I don’t know why He has asked us to participate with Him in the declaration of the Gospel. But He has and because of that I need to respond.

I know my Redeemer lives and I so desire to share Him with those who are Lost. When I was a kid we used to sing this old song, “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.” My heart’s desire is to be about the business of rescuing the perishing and caring for the dying. Every night that I lay my head on my pillow and experience the peace of God that passes all understanding I am obligated, I am compelled, I am duty-bound to declare God’s mercy and freedom to those who are Lost. Because they matter. Peace.

Resources:
www.joshuaproject.net
www.peoplegroups.org
www.strategyleader.org
www.globalfrontiermissions.com
www.wycliffe.org
www.perspectives.org

According to Barna research American Christians spend more money on pet food than they do in giving to foreign missions.

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