Do Lost People Really Matter to You?

November 16, 2017

I challenge you to ponder the question - Do lost people really matter to you? We know ALL PEOPLE matter to God, and therefore they should matter to us but ..

I challenge you to ponder the question – Do lost people really matter to you?  We know ALL PEOPLE matter to God, and therefore they should matter to us but do we hide from those that appear adrift?

So many times in life we do what is best for the crowd. We design our ministries around this, and we become consumed with the numbers. How many people are we reaching? Or as writers how many people visited our page, shared our post, or commented?

A standard method used for making decisions is a vote where majority wins. But is this always the right way when dealing with people? Jesus taught us something different. He showed us every single life matters. We must look beyond the crowd to see that one person in need.

We know every life matters to God

One of my favorite stories in the bible is the “Parable of the Lost Sheep.”

I challenge you to ponder the question - Do lost people really matter to you? We know ALL PEOPLE matter to God, and therefore they should matter to us but ..

“If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he will joyfully carry it home on his shoulders.

Luke 15:4-5 New Living Translation (NLT)

Would you search for a sheep or stay with the ninety-nine?

In this passage, Jesus was referring to sinners, but I have no doubt Jesus would want us to apply it to all categories of people that have strayed. Each person has such immense value, and God doesn’t want to give up on a soul. He never stops searching for us.

We have so many people in our world that feel disconnected and do we even notice them?

Definition of lost from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary

: not made use of, won, or claimed a lost opportunity
: no longer possessed a lost reputation
: ruined or destroyed physically or morally
: desperate, a lost soul
: taken away or beyond reach or attainment
: denied regions lost to the faith
: insensible, hardened, lost to shame
: unable to find the way
: no longer visible
: lacking assurance or self-confidence
: helpless
: rapt, absorbed
: not appreciated or understood
: obscured or overlooked during a process or activity lost in translation
: hopelessly unattainable
: futile

Do you know people that fit into this definition? If so, are you pretending you do not see them? Do you pass by them as you go about your life? We are all guilty at times but why?

Ponder with me what keeps us from loving the lost the way God intended and Jesus demonstrated.

  • Why does one hide from the lost?
  • How do you hide?
  • Then ask yourself – Do you want to stop hiding?

(Please share your answers in the comments below)

Of course, the answers will be unique to each of us and worth the pondering. After all, if you were that lost sheep wouldn’t you want someone searching for you?

Why does one hide from the lost?

  • Sometimes they are difficult to be around.
  • We don’t want the interruption.
  • Society says, “Get rid of all the people that cause you pain.”
  • We feel ill-equipped to help.
  • Fear of: rejection, saying the wrong thing, or making matters worse.
  • We are too busy with our everyday life.

How do you hide?

  • We pretend we don’t see the people who are hurting.
  • Avoidance – how many of you have ducked down a different aisle to dodge someone in need?
  • Telling ourselves, it isn’t our responsibility.
  • By ignoring them and their situation.

How will you stop hiding from the lost?

  • Recognize God wants us to go after the lost sheep.
  • Be willing to get involved.
  • Start small, do something.
  • Be aware of those around us.
  • Pray for opportunities.

Yes, searching and spending time with those who are adrift will take time and energy.  But remember, Jesus did it for us. We all needed to be found, and he came to earth to save us.

Jesus took the time.

What is so amazing is when we take time to love people the way God intended we are forever changed and immensely blessed. Holidays are especially challenging and lonely for those that feel lost. Won’t you reach out this season and let somebody know they matter to God and you. Each of us can make a difference in other people’s lives – sometimes all it has to be is a smile.

We can love people the way God intended, who you will include this holiday season?  


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31 Comments

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    Dawn Boyer

    Maree,
    That Mother Theresa quote gets me every single time. I try NOT to worry about numbers but if I am fully honest, I do find myself comparing and counting more than I should because I wonder if it all matters. But your words remind me that the privilege we have to write for Jesus, to share His love through our words and to be a vessel that allows His light to shine through. That is a purpose filled ministry that maybe we don’t fully realize is also a lofty and blessed calling as well.

    I think there are times that in my discomfort with others, especially those in a difficult situation, is that I don’t know what to say. But even then, I am led to pray and that is one thing that I think we are always meant to do first.
    Thanks for reminding me of this necessary part of our serving Christ and serving others.
    Blessings,
    Dawn

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      Maree Dee

      Dawn, I know what you mean about counting numbers. I am a CPA so tracking, measuring, and counting all come naturally to me. Its how I have always measured our success and growth as a business. It is hard not to switch all of that over into writing especially with all the cool tools to track everything. It can be disappointing when comments are slim, readership is low, and no one is sharing. You are so right we are doing it for Jesus and him alone. I didn’t get into this to make money but instead to make connections(like my friendship with you) and to share stories if they might help others. It is a blessing.

      You are so right we can all pray, and that is something.

      Thank you for coming by and leaving a message. I always love to hear from you.

      Maree

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    mbethany

    Always so good to remember that God cares about each and every one- and we are to too!!

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      Maree Dee

      Amen!!

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    Gayl

    “We must look beyond the crowd to see that one person in need.” This is so true. It’s easy just to follow the crowd, so to speak, in our Christianity. But that’s not what Jesus did or what He asks us to do. We must be willing to reach out to the lost He brings to our attention. It isn’t always easy, but I am blessed when obedient to this calling. When we reach out, love and make ourselves vulnerable it’s hard, and we could be hurt, but God still gives peace and strength to carry on. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #porchstories.

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      Maree Dee

      Garl, Thank you for leaving such beautiful words this morning and pointing us to Jesus. I am so glad you stopped by and left a comment.
      Blessings to You,

      Maree

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    Sarah Koontz (@sarahekoontz)

    I love how you say that Jesus took the time to look for us. How can we not do the same for others? Such a great post, Maree Dee!

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      Maree Dee

      Sarah – Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. I needed a little boost this morning. Maree

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    TiffineyHolmes

    Great post, Marie! Even as a Christian I didn’t always have a heart for the list. I’ve asked God to forgive me and help me to have a heart for the lost like He does. I’m so glad that He answers our prayers. He is such a faithful God. Thank you for sharing from your heart.

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      Maree Dee

      Tiffiney — Thank you for your honest and thoughtful comment. I too don’t always have a heart for the lost either. I can let busyness get in my way many times or my own fears to reach out. Yes, thank goodness we have a forgiving God. I too want to have a heart like his all of the time. Happy Thanksgiving. Maree

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    Michele Morin

    This is a good question and one I’ve been pondering lately because I’m pretty firmly entrenched with the 99 and trusting God for ways to join Him in seeking the lost sheep.
    Blessings to you!

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      Maree Dee

      Michele, You made me laugh. I may not know you extremely well, but I doubt you are entrenched with the 99 based on what I read that you write. However, we all can do better noticing the lost sheep, especially during the holidays. I know I want to join God in seeing others that might be lost. I was reminded the other day; hiding behind many of those smiles is a hurting person that needs our touch. A smile sure has brightened a day or two of mine by complete strangers.
      Happy Thanksgiving! Maree

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    rjbritton

    I have many people in my life who are lost spiritually. These are the ones I hope and pray God will give me the strength, wisdom and courage to reach with the right words and His love. It’s not easy but it’s so necessary.

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      Maree Dee

      Rachel,
      Great words I agree with; “it is not easy but so necessary.” I struggled with writing this post because I knew it called for action on my part. Maree

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    Sarah Geringer

    Such good observations here, Maree, at a much-needed time of year. Sharing on FB and Twitter.

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      Maree Dee

      Sarah,
      Thank you for sharing. I know that we need to be aware of lost people all year but this time of year seems especially crucial. I know I get so busy and I am not always paying attention. Maree

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    Meg Weyerbacher

    Amen!! This is so timely as God is watering a vision he has put on my heart years ago, to be able to reach those in need in our community. Thank you.

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      Maree Dee

      Meg- I would love to hear more about your vision. Praying for that vision to take off. Maree

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    Megs

    I often find myself praying for God to stretch my minutes! I really need to make time to reach out, and take the time to invest in the people closest to me and the ones that I am noticing but not engaging with. Happy Friday!

    1. Reply

      Maree Dee

      Praying to “God to stretch your minutes is a good one.” I might have to try that one. Thank you for stopping by I hope you have a great weekend. Maree

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    debbieputman

    Wisdom, truth, and conviction here today, Maree Dee.

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      Maree Dee

      Debbie, Thank you! I have to admit as God put this on my heart I struggled with living out the part about ALL PEOPLE MATTER. Maree

  13. Reply

    Bettie G

    Thank you for sharing this. My heart has been so stirred lately for those lost ones, and when I read your list of definitions, tears came to my eyes! Oh may we stop for the one, and let love lead us along the way! Blessings to you!

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      Maree Dee

      Bettie, What a beautiful comment you left. “Oh, may we stop for the one, and let love lead us along the way!” I love that. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. You did bless me. Blessings to you, Maree

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    adaughtersgiftoflove

    I’m a wordy, the definition of desperate got my attention. I have been desperate as a Christian. If you had asked me before I would not have thought it possible to be saved and “lost” at the same time, not that I believe we lose our salvation, but I have been praying for Alzheimer’s patients, depression is prevalent, so many things consume our minds and souls as believers. I can’t imagine how non Christians survive it all. Admittedly, there are people I have to avoid, but I share Jesus and encourage women daily. We are His beloved and need to hear His voice. Visiting from Tune In Thursday, blessings.

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      Maree Dee

      Thank you for stopping by. I agree people can have their salvation and be lost at the same time. We never know what is behind the smile people put on. Maree

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    jerralea

    I saw a missions poster the other day that asked the question, “What is worse than being lost?”

    The answer was, “Nobody comes looking for you.”

    That, right there, is convicting …

    I saw myself in a lot of what you say. I think the main reason I don’t see the lost is because I. Am. Too. Busy.

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      Maree Dee

      Oh my goodness, the poster you saw, says it all. I think for me – busyness gets in my way too. Sometimes I feel like I am rushing from one place to another I miss everything. I am trying to learn to slow down and notice things and people around me. I guess what I need to do is add more margin to my day. After all, I want someone coming to look for me if I get lost, and I want to be there for other people. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment about the poster you saw. Maree

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    Bonnie Columbia

    Convincing!!!!

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      Maree Dee

      Thank you!

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