Have you ever been lost? When I was a child I thought I was lost. It was a scary feeling! But the time just before I realized that I was lost, I was just as lost—I simply didn’t know it yet. Evangelism is about helping people to be found by God.
Most lost people don’t know they are lost yet. Part of our job is to make them see how hopeless their life is without a relationship with Jesus Christ. Knowing Christ will give them direction, among other desirable things. They will be able to find their way in life and ultimately into the gates of Heaven. But now they are almost hypnotized by their aimlessness. They have become used to their lostness and may think that is the way life is supposed to be. We have “good news” for them. God loves them and has a purpose for their lives. They can find that purpose in Jesus Christ. Some lost folks have come to realize that they are lost. They know something is terribly wrong but they don’t know what to do about it. They may have tried organized religion but found it stale or judgmental. They need to know the utter joy of being found by the Great Shepherd, Jesus. We can help them. We must help them. We get to help them.
Have you ever lost a child? I am fortunate in that I have not, but once I could not find my six-year-old son. The few minutes of sheer panic were unbelievably painful for me. It is hard for us to understand how an infinite and perfect God could have a similar pain in His heart for His creatures that are lost but the Bible teaches that He does. His ache for us was so strong that He sent His only begotten Son to die on a cross to bring us back home. If you have wandered away from the Lord He is looking for you. From the very moment Adam sinned God came looking for him and called out, “Adam, where are you?” He will find you if you let Him and He will bring you home and put love, joy, and peace back into your heart.