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Lost and Found

By March 7, 2020Church

In 2018, Uber released their annual Lost and Found Index of things left behind in their cars. Not surprisingly, the most common items were phones, wallets, and keys.

They also found a flat-screen TV, a love letter from a boyfriend in jail, someone’s tax returns, and a cat carrier.

There was no word on whether the cat carrier was empty.

While finding a love letter from an imprisoned boyfriend might be unusual and surprising, what isn’t surprising is when Uber identified the most likely time period when someone might lose something:

Between 10 pm and 2 am.

When I was in high school, my father used to tell me, “Nothing good happens after midnight.”

In our modern American culture, when we lose something and can’t find it, we generally replace it with something new. In fact, we might not even look all that hard to find it. We’ve been called a “throw-away society”.

But how does God handle lost things? Or, more importantly, how does he handle lost people? People who have lost their way or lost hope?

Thankfully, he doesn’t throw us away. Nor does he replace us with someone new and improved. Instead, he offers you the chance to be made new.

Not recycled. Brand new.

“He does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.” – Psalm 103:10

God is able to take every part of our lives – our experiences, stories, relationships, dreams – whether they were broken or beautiful – and create something new from them.

The story of the gospel is about a God who created you, loves you, and will do anything – including allowing his son to die for your sins – so that you might be restored to him.

Heaven doesn’t rejoice when the stock market hits a certain level. It won’t rejoice when the Rockies win the World Series.

But heaven will always rejoice whenever one lost person comes home.

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