There used to be a TV show called The Land of the Lost. It was about a family that somehow fell through time and ended up in prehistoric dinosaur days. I tuned in every week to see if they miraculously got back home without being eaten by a T-Rex. There is a story in the Bible (Luke 15) about a guy who found himself living in a Land of The Lost. There was a son that went to his father and asked for his inheritance money so he could leave home. The father gave it to him and he hit the road. He spent all the money and one day realized he didn’t have any money, he didn’t have a job, he didn’t have anything left. He was living in The Land of The Lost. He tucks his tail and goes home to ask his dad for a job; he’s willing to work for his father to earn some money; he had hit rock bottom. When he gets home, he sees his father standing out in the road, waiting for him. He tells his Dad he’s sorry and after his father hugs him, the father prepares a big feast to welcome his lost son home.
Jesus was telling the story to make a point. In fact, He told three different stories about lost stuff being found and how happy it made the person who had lost them. He was making the point that when something that was once lost gets found, you stop worrying about the circumstances in which it got lost and you just celebrate its return. He even said that was how God felt when a person who has been lost, gets found. When someone who has been living a life away from God comes BACK to God, He rejoices.
Have you been lost? I don’t mean – you can’t figure out which exit to take on the freeway lost. I mean – you can’t figure out which way to go in LIFE lost. I have. I have BTDT and it stinks. I sort of hit my own version of rock bottom and cried out to God for help. And you know what? He took me back with open arms. At that point, my journey toward a NEW LIFE IN CHRIST began.
Are you tired of living in The Land of The Lost; desperately wanting another chance? A fresh start? A New Life? The Bible says that His mercies are new every morning. It’s a good thing, too, because there are many, many times I need another chance. And another. And another. In the Parable of the Lost (Prodigal) Son, Jesus said the father (God) was waiting, watching, hoping the son would come home. God is waiting, watching, and hoping you will come home, too.
You’ve probably heard the song Amazing Grace before. The first verse says: “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now am found. Was blind but now I see.” Are you ready to pack up and leave The Land of The Lost? If so, welcome to your NEW LIFE IN CHRIST!