Summary: How do people respond to being lost?

Matthew 18:12&13


OPEN: On CBS there is a show called LOST, Oceanic flight 815 has crashed 1000 miles off course no one knows where they are. There are 42 survivors on the island maybe more. Some believe someone will come and rescue them, some do not. The strange thing is to watch the actions of the characters. Some do not believe they are lost, some believe it but refuse to do any thing but wait to be rescued and then there those who get ready for a long wait for rescue to come, and yes a few willing to do what ever it takes to be found, even risking there lives for it.

"What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. (Matthew 18:12&13 NIV)

What is even stranger is to watch those who are lost from Christ.

There are three ways they react. THEY REACT….

1.By refusing to see they are lost.

A. They might know about God or even Jesus and say they believe In them. There actions speak louder than words.

So Jesus said to the Jews who believed in him, “If you continue to obey my teaching, you are truly my followers. Then you will know the truth. And the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31&32)

He who belongs to God accepts what God says. But you don’t accept what God says, because you don’t belong to God.”(John 8:47)

In the show LOST some of the people refuse to believe they are lost. They want to believe someone knows where they are from the airline and will come very soon.

B. They might say they just don’t care.

It might be true they don’t care; maybe they don’t

want to know.

They might even know if they admit it, they would

have to make a choice or change in there life.

2.By saying we are lost but it does not matter.

A. being lost is just a state of mind and they

believe they can find the way. They can figure

it out on there own, they need no help,they have

it all together.

B. being lost will still result in the same

placement as those who are saved. God is a god of

love and will not send any one to Hell,so being

lost does not matter. The end result will take

less work if they do nothing about it.

3.By admitting they are lost and need to something

about it.

A.They are looking for some help to find there

way. Asking, seeking doing what ever it takes to

be found (saved)

“So, all the people of Israel should know this

truly: God has made Jesus both Lord and Christ.

He is the man you nailed to the cross!”

When the people heard this, they were sick at

heart. They asked Peter and the other apostles,

“What shall we do?”(Acts 2:36&37)

And I love Peter how does not miss a beat and

gives them the answer to what must we do!

Conclusion: When we come to know someone who is lost will we be ready to answer them if they ask “What shall we do?”

If we are with out Jesus today we are LOST, will we do what ever it takes to be found (saved)?

It is a choice how we respond. How will you respond today?

Do you have questions? Come let us help you in the direction All need to go.

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