A few weeks ago, Larry lost one of his sets of keys. Since he meticulously returns his keys to the same place after using them, he rarely has to deal with them being misplaced. We started a major search to try to locate the lost keys. We looked in all kinds of places, just in case they happened to be there. He searched for them at church, at home, in both cars with no trace of the keys. Even though we spent hours looking for them, they still were not located. Larry had alerted other people to be on the lookout as well.
The next morning, someone who had immediately found the keys the previous day turned them in to the church office. Since that person was on the lookout for the keys, too, she knew exactly who they belonged to. There was much rejoicing over the “found” keys.
That is how it seems to be with our “lost” world too. People know that something is missing in their lives so they continue to search and look in different places. Even though they spend hours, days, and sometimes even years searching, they don’t find what they need and are looking for because they are looking in the wrong places. Those of us who know Jesus need to have open ears, eyes, and hearts so we can be ready to share what we have found with those who are still looking. That would definitely be worth celebrating, even more than found keys.
Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Isaiah 55:6
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8