During the first Gulf War, a platoon of British soldiers became lost in the desert. Some were wounded and all were weary from the endless hours of combat. Finally they saw someone standing on a mound looking at a battle through a pair of binoculars. They struggled to approach him and finally made it.
“Do you know where we are?” asked a soldier, not recognizing the American general.
Condescendingly, he demanded, “Do you know who I am?”
Exclaimed one of the Britishers, “Can you believe this? We’ve got a real problem. He does't know who he is, and we don't know where we are!”
Jesus told parables about things being lost. There is the lost sheep that is rescued, a woman’s lost coin that is found, the prodigal son “who was lost and now is found.” When Jesus spoke of being lost it was always being lost spiritually, separated from God.
Being lost is the most critical problem everyone faces. But the problem can be solved. Jesus said, “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Those few words summarize the entire mission for Jesus. He came to find us and bring us back to our Heavenly Father that we might be at home with Him.
Do you know where you are?
Prayer: Father, I thank You for coming to find me and for wanting to be my Savior. I ask that You forgive me, save me and give me life everlasting. In Your Name, Amen.
Scripture: 2 Corinthians 13:5 Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you—unless, of course, you fail the test? (NIV)