“Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other. “ Isaiah 45:22 NASB
5 am, the chirping of the birds signals the start of another day. Another day, wandering the streets, not knowing when or where the wind blows or the sun sets. The mind confers with no other entity outside of itself. It wrangles with the past’s memory and focuses on the task at hand, food, shelter, and safety. It knows no other way, path, or direction. It is void of depth, relevance, and actuation. The body moves with the momentum of life and drifts aimlessly across the ground. It knows no home. It finds no rest within itself and learns survival as a means of living. This is one description of a soul, lost within itself.
The lost are souls moving in the world without purpose, direction, or identity. Yet, our purpose commands our attention. It is through our purpose we find meaning and substance for life. The Bible is laced with declarations of purpose, guiding us and structuring our identity. Romans 8:29 states, “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” This scripture brings context to our lives by designating us to a son or daughter and aligning us to His image. We are then given story after story of who God is to those who choose to follow Him. We begin to see and identify His character through scripture. We begin to understand our existence through scripture. The Holy Spirit’s intricate work slowly brings light to a dark place. The lost are found in Him, in His identity.
We are encouraged by the Word to bring the Gospel of Christ to all the ends of the earth. The Gospel of Christ brings hope to a lost soul. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. We are carriers of this hope. Through our witness, we transfer this hope to others.