Being lost is troublesome, being in a state of lostness is overwhelming. Not knowing exactly where we are and where we're going is only made worse by not knowing where it is we'd like to be. Too many people have lost direction and many more have never even possessed a clear vision and direction for their life. This is why the masses can be moved by capturing the imagination of a few key leaders. The vast majority of people have "gone astray" from a God-given vision and have settled for following the tide of the dominant culture. But shaping our life to be accepted, being moved by cultural trends, and living without considering God's greater plan for our life can leave us in a state of lostness - having a sense we're missing something but not knowing how, or where, to go get it.
God loves the way he made each of us. And it's our uniqueness that helps give definition to our personal direction. God loves lost sheep. But his desire is not to get us in line, it's to give us new life that can be lived out consistent with our unique design. God has the ability to focus on one person at a time - just as we were designed. In a shepherd metaphor Jesus drives home the point of helping people in their lostness. “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’" What a picture of passionate concern for people, individual people, who are lost.
What this means is truly awesome. God hates lostness. He entered our world on a mission. To save people from ambiguity and sin. To liberate people from slavery to peer pressure. To wrap his arms around the harassed and helpless. To breath life into our soul. And to give us a vision for our life that's consistent with our unique design.
Do a "180 Now". If you've never surrendered your life to Jesus, this is the moment. Simply talk to God from your heart with confession of sin and admission of your need for Jesus to be your leader. If you've settled for living someone else's life, stop doing that right now. Go discover the plan God had in mind when he saw you all alone, and saved you. It's because of our lostness that Jesus came to earth. Let's not squander such a powerful sacrifice and selfless act of love. Live the life God wants to give you. You'll never be lost another day.