Based on Jesus’ ministry and mission, we might opt for a description like, “Finder of the Lost, Mender the Broken.” After all, in the story of Zacchaeus, Jesus described his mission this way:
“For the Son of Man came to seek out and to save the lost” (Lk 19:10 NRSV).
On another occasion, Jesus defined his ministry in these words:
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; 32 I have come to call not the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Lk 5:31—32).
Many of us have been reluctant to admit when we were broken or felt lost. In a dog-eat-dog world and a “don’t let them see you sweat” culture, we never wanted to appear weak or vulnerable. Yet this last year of battling Covid-19 has pretty much shattered our facade of invincibility.
We know we are vulnerable. Many of us have seen some of our most vital friends humbled by a tiny virus. Our world is broken and lost. The virus is only one piece of a shattered reality we experience in our fractured, divided, prejudiced, fearful, hate-filled, and vulnerable world.
Let’s not delude ourselves. While we hope the vaccine rollout is speedy enough to help us turn the tide, we are unsure. Will it mutate too quickly to vaccinate our way out of the pandemic? Will my loved ones be protected? What about our economic vulnerability? When will things return to normal? Or, will they ever return to normal?
In James’ video today, he shares some important insights about how we can experience the transformation “From Lost to Found” as we move from “Creation to New Creation”! James reminds us that God’s people have been in lost places before our time. They made it safely through their wilderness to better times and better places.
How do we?
James points us to several important biblical principles and examples to help us in our challenging times.
After James’ video, Phil reminds us about the heart of God using a startling image. Jesus chose this image for God to remind us that he is the finder and mender of what is lost and broken. We are not alone. God comes looking for us when we are lost. We don’t face unprecedented times, for our God has been here before! He describes himself in these terms:
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty” (Revelation 1:8).
God chose to be elbow-deep in the mess of human hatred, awful diseases, feared death, and lost hope. He emerged with life — not just for himself but also for us.
So, how do we navigate times like these when we feel lost and vulnerable?
How do we find our way forward?
Where do we muster the strength to face our challenges, navigate our uncertain roads ahead, and embrace our future with courage and confidence?
James’ insights will bless you and remind you that God’s people have been this way before. For the God who is I AM, there is no need for panic, a GPS, or a map, to find our way out of our lostness. We may feel like we face unprecedented times and unique challenges, but God and his people have been here before and found their way home to better things and better places. Listen and be blessed!