I am... Found| Week 1: Lost and Found

Victory

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WORTH LOOKING FOR

Have you ever lost something valuable to you? Perhaps it was a toy or a piece of jewelry, your wallet or even your cell phone. There is that urgency and panic when you realize you are missing that item. You go to extreme lengths searching for it, moving couch cushions, emptying out drawers, dumping all the contents out of your backpack etc. You’d probably cause so much chaos trying to find that one lost item because it is valuable to you. Nothing would get in your way from finding that lost item, then after all that work and anxiety, you finally manage to find it (usually, in the one spot you didn’t look) and you get this sense of relief and joy! All the work looking was so worth it just to find that item again.

This is like what God goes through when we humans were lost in sin. The first words He spoke to Adam and Eve after the fall were not words of anger or condemnation, but words of concern and sadness. He said, “Where are you?”. Every day God used to walk with Adam and Even in the evening they talked with each other and enjoyed the community together, but now, His most prized and valuable creation was not there. Those word echo through the centuries and through the generations of humans to each one of us. God searches for us, he started the searching for us immediately and everything that has happened in history culminated in Jesus paying for humanities sin. God came looking for us so that we would never have to search for Him. Because of this, He is always ready and willing to find each of us no matter how “lost” we may be.

Nothing gets in the way of God looking for you.

Read and underline the verses on below in your Bible. Write any verses that jump out at you on some paper or a journal, so you don’t forget them.

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LOOK DEEPER

Read and underline the verses on the following page in your Bible.

Luke 15:1-7 (CSB)

15 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gatherings around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”

Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Ezekiel 34:16 (MSG)

I’ll go after the lost, I’ll collect the strays, I’ll doctor the injured, I’ll build up the weak ones and oversee the strong ones so they’re not exploited.

John 10:14 (NIV)

14 “I am the good shepherd. I know my own, and my own know me...


PERSONAL REFLECTION

  • Have you ever felt so lost that you wonder if God even cares?

  • How does it make you feel knowing that no how lost you may feel, God is looking for you

  • Do you think God gets tired of looking for you?

  • Take a few minutes to  thank God for the fact that He will always be ready to find you.

     

 

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