Have you ever lost your keys? Trying to find those keys become your primary focus. You check your pants pockets. You check the kitchen counter. You check your coat pocket. You backtrack every move you've made since you got home.
To all the women out there have you ever lost an earring? Why does finding that one earring become such a focus (you have twenty other pair in your closet)? Because every pair of earrings has a story behind it. Those were my grandmother's earrings. Those were the earrings your friend gave you two Christmases ago. Those were the earrings your husband gave you on your fifth wedding anniversary. Those earrings are your favorite pair. Every pair of earrings has a story behind it.
Why do we spend so much time and energy over the things we've lost? Because we are passionate about those things we've lost.
Jesus was passionate about lost things. In Luke 15, while He was speaking to the IRS agents and the sinners, He told them how important lost things were: the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son.
In Acts 1:8, Jesus commissioned the disciples to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth. He was commissioning them to become searchers; searchers for lost people.
We have provided a diagram in this blog that shows you things we are passionate about at Freedom Church, but the BIG PICTURE is we are to become searchers for lost souls. There are two opportunities that we have in finding people. Jesus modeled this while he was on earth.
- Invite and Invest
- Invest and Invite
We will dive into these methods over the next two blogs. In the meantime allow yourself to become searchers as we go into Mauldin, Simpsonville, Greenville, South Carolina and the uttermost parts of the earth. Why? Because just like those earrings have a story behind them, every lost person has a story behind them too!