Lost and Found – How much you matter to God?

 

“Jesus saved us, not because of the good things we did, but BECAUSE OF HIS MERCY. He washed away our sins and gave us a new life through the Holy Spirit.” TITUS 3:5

Jesus: “I have come to SEEK and to SAVE those who are LOST.” LUKE 19:10

Jesus told 3 stories to explain what he meant:
“THE LOST SHEEP” (LUKE 15:1-7)
“THE LOST COIN” (LUKE 15:8-10)
“THE LOST SON” (LUKE 15:11-31)

WHAT DO I LOSE WHEN I’M SPIRITUALLY “LOST”?
1. DIRECTION – LIKE A LOST SHEEP . . .
“All of us have strayed away just like lost sheep. We’ve all left God’s path to follow our own ways.” ISAIAH 53:6
2. PROTECTION
“My people are wandering like lost sheep, without a shepherd to protect and guide them.” ZECHARIAH 10:2
3. POTENTIAL – LIKE A LOST COIN . . .
“No one has ever seen or heard or even imagined the wonderful things God has prepared and arranged for those who love him.” 1 CORINTHIANS 2:9
4. HAPPINESS – LIKE A LOST SON . . .
“The younger son wasted all he’d been given and eventually he became miserable and lonely.” LUKE 15:14
5. HOME (In Heaven)
“What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, if he loses his soul?” LUKE 9:25

HOW DOES GOD’S MERCY “SAVE” ME?
1. FROM MYSELF
“Jesus is the only one who can bring us to God. He became a human and gave himself to rescue all of us.” 1 TIMOTHY 2:5
“Trust me in your times of trouble, and I will rescue you, and you will give me glory.” PSALM 50:15
2.RECOVERS MY POTENTIAL
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and worn out from carrying too much. Learn to trust and rest in me and you’ll recover your life.” MATTHEW 11:28
“I will give you back what you lost in the years when the locusts ate all your crops.” JOEL 2:25
3. RECONNECTS ME TO GOD
“Anyone who connects to Christ becomes a new person.
The past is forgotten, and everything becomes new. God has done it all! He sent Christ to make peace between himself and us.” 2 CORINTHIANS 5:17-18 (CEV)

HOW DO I CONNECT WITH GOD’S MERCY?
1. GET FED UP WITH MY LIFE
“. . . he wasted it all . . . he had nothing left . . . he got desperate and hungry . . . then he finally came to his senses . . .” LUKE 15:13-17 (I REFUSE TO LIVE THE WAY I’M LIVING)
GOD: “You’ll find me when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else.” JEREMIAH 29:13 (MES)
2. I OWN UP TO MY SIN (LORD, I’VE MADE A MESS OF MYSELF)
“When he came to his senses, he said . . . ‘I have sinned against God and you . . .’” LUKE 15:17-18
3.TURNING FROM SELF-CENTREDNESS TO GOD-CENTREDNESS
The son drifted away saying “GIVE ME MY share . . .” LUKE 15:12
He returned to the Father saying “MAKE ME a servant.” LUKE 15:19

THE FATHER’S RESPONSE
“While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; HE RAN OUT to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” LUKE 15:20

From Pastor Rick’s Daily Hope, Radio Teaching Series
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