Are you a lost soul? You know–one of the many otherwise interesting and captivating people in our world who have so much going for them, but who just don’t need Jesus? Maybe you’re educated, well-read; you know what’s going on, have a career, friends, a life. And, you’re a genuinely decent person; you have a moral code that you live by–maybe something as basic as “if it doesn’t hurt me or someone else, it’s not my business.” Or perhaps you are spiritual–you’ve seen the universal longing of the human heart that evidences itself through religion–but believe there are many different paths to God. You might not even reject the Bible completely; you might believe some of it, just not take everything literally. Regardless, do you understand that if you do not actually have Jesus, you absolutely are still truly lost?
“What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.” (Philippians 3:8-11 NIV)
There is a Supreme Being. If you study history, you see that the further back in time we go, the more likely it is people still looked for Him. They did all kinds of things to placate Him and misguidedly attempt to win His favor, including literally sacrificing their children; frequently they fractured Him into multiples deities, attributing to each a facet of who He really is. It was the universal expression of the human heart looking for that which it was meant to know–that which it was intended to love and be loved by.
Today we overtly or subliminally denigrate their strivings by attributing them to less advanced societies attempting to explain natural phenomena they did not understand. Because of the technology so ubiquitous today, we imagine we have now covered the missing ground they had not yet; that our scientific advances have filled in the gaps and rendered a belief in the divine no longer relevant–and we live as if He isn’t. Yet, He is.
You see, we conveniently push aside the ever-present witness of the phenomenon of death as something beyond comprehension. If we’ve ever seen it personally, it’s stark in its reality–a living being, regardless of how ill or near death, and the lifeless shell that remains after its life has left. It is something we simply cannot explain, because it is the portal between the physical reality we currently inhabit, and the spiritual one we enter at our physical death. But there is a link between the two existences, between the physical and the spiritual, and it is Christ. And it is the Bible that explains this link.
“…whoever hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” (Jesus Christ, in John 5:24 NIV)
“Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.” (1 John 5:12 NIV)
“God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son so that whoever believes in him may not be lost, but have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him. People who believe in God’s Son are not judged guilty. Those who do not believe have already been judged guilty, because they have not believed in God’s one and only Son. They are judged by this fact: The Light has come into the world, but they did not want light. They wanted darkness, because they were doing evil things. All who do evil hate the light and will not come to the light, because it will show all the evil things they do. But those who follow the true way come to the light, and it shows that the things they do were done through God.” (John 3:16-21 NCV)
Most importantly, “…You are of this world; I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins; if you do not believe that I am [He] you will indeed die in your sins.” (Jesus Christ in John 8:23-24 NIV)
Jesus Christ is the link between death and life, between this world and the next, between the physical and the spiritual. He is the only “possession” we can and will carry from this life to the next. If we do not reject Him, His Spirit can be in us now, “Christ in me, the hope of glory,” and He will pass across the barrier of death with us into eternity–and only because of Him will we “…be given a very great welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:11 NCV)
Because of this, the highest goal of my life ought to be to “gain Christ and be found in Him.” What does that mean? Simply that I truly make sure I have, get, possess Jesus inside of me–that I have Him living in me through His Spirit.
How can I get Him? By humbling myself before Him, and asking! Yes, there’s a bit more–I have to recognize that God is God, not me; that I’ve sinned, but God’s taken care of that because of Jesus; I have to stop rebelling against Him and trust in Jesus.
But how will I know that I do? Believe me, when it happens, I’ll know! There’ll be no mistaking it, because when I gain Christ, when His Spirit enters into me, “…if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV) I will be a completely new person!
Without Jesus, I don’t like Him; it all seems stupid. I don’t want to go to church; it’s boring and a waste of my time. I don’t read the Bible, because it doesn’t make sense. I don’t listen to sermons for the same reason, and praying seems like I’m saying empty words to myself.
When I put my trust in Jesus and get His Spirit in me, inexplicably, it’s a 180 degree about-face. Whereas I was formerly repulsed by Him, I am now drawn to Him. I want to find out more about Him, I want to read the Bible, I want to hang out with other people who care about Him. I like to pray, to go to church, to listen to anything and everything that has to do with Him! It really is a night and day change.
So what about you? Are you still a lost soul? You don’t have to be! You don’t have to go through life alone; better yet, you don’t have to pass out of this life alone–but pass out of it you will, one way or another. You can gain Christ; at the moment of your death, you can be found to really be in Him. Talk to Him; ask Him for Himself, for His Spirit–He will never say no! Just do it!!!
Please give me Yourself; come with me, through life and death! Amen.