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Jul 12, 2009

Lost

Have you noticed that people are increasingly losing their sense of morality? Tolerance has developed so that what once was considered unusual, crude, and immoral is now accepted as normal and appropriate. This touches every part of our culture starting with the family and extending to fashion, entertainment and even language. The every day language of young people, and that used in the media, includes words that a generation ago would have not only raised an eyebrow, but would have caused shock and shame. Now, however, it is as though the moral compass of life has been reset, and in many cases eliminated, so that nothing is off limits. Most disturbing is the increase in the loss of personal values, respect, and pride and the escalation of family violence, drug addiction, divorce and infidelity.

Jesus Christ understands the importance of reaching out to the lost. He is the moral compass and guiding light in the darkness. He can rescue those adrift in a sea of confusion, despair, fear, and hopelessness. He demonstrated this countless times in his earthly ministry. He reached people on a personal level in a way that made them feel valued, cared for, and encouraged. Jesus continues to reach out through His Word and through people just like you. You can make a difference in the world and for eternity. Do you know someone that is lost or feeling like there is no way out of a tough situation? Perhaps they are out of work, in poor health, or in a relationship filled with anger and fear. They may be your neighbor, spouse, parent or child. God wants to use you. Share God’s love, promises, and hope. Start with prayer, display kindness, and offer to listen. You will be surprised what God can do when you are willing to be a shining light for His Kingdom.

“Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. You, however, did not come to know Christ that way. Surely you heard of him and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” Ephesians 4:19-24