This week DD taught about Loving the LOST. The most basic understanding of the word LOST is to not know where you, to be confused about life and what you should be doing and where you should be going. To be LOST is the state of confusion or unknown location. To help us grasp the concept of what it FEELS like to be lost, DD told us a story of guy who got separated from his friends on a camping trip and was lost for days. Imagine the feeling. Imagine how he felt to be lost and imagine how his friends felt that they had lost him. Both sides of the scenario are scary.
Well sometimes in life, the people who look the most put together and appear successful can be the most LOST. They can be running around looking busy and productive, but doing it all in an effort to find themselves, to find meaning, to find direction, and to remain FOUND. In Luke 19, we read the story of Zacchaeus, the rich tax collector that was disliked by his local townspeople. People thought Zacchaeus had it all together because he was rich and wealthy and walked around with power and authority, all reasons that no one liked him. But Zacchaeus was lost and DESPERATE to be found. Most people who are lost are walking around in DESPERATION.
Luke 19; 9-10 write, "Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”"
The Christian meaning of the word LOST is someone who does not know the love, forgiveness and salvation that Jesus offers. This person is lost; lost in this world and lost in their death. It's pretty intense, which is why we started with more of a general understanding of the word lost. But in actuality the Christian meaning of the word LOST and the general meaning are really the same. Just as Zacchaeus didn't seem lost in the worlds sense, he really was. As a Christian this is the backbone of our lifestyle, but we still need the reminder; that Jesus came to seek and save the LOST! And if this was his mission then it is our mission too.
1 Corinthians 13; 4-7 "Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance."
So the bible tells us to love all kinds of different people and we are teaching and encouraging our teens to go out and proactively love people around them. Well that begs the question how do we love??? 1 Corinthians 13 is one biblical example where God breaks down the meaning of the word LOVE. He explains in more detail what LOVE should look like and how it can be expressed.
This week, as you seek to LOVE the LOST, use the guidelines of 1 Corinthians 13 and the guidelines from Luke 6; 27-36 about LOVING your ENEMY. Post here about how you have been loving those around you. Share specific stories and every specific little effort of how you are loving.