What does it mean to be LOST?
Last Monday we began to answer this all important question by taking a look the Old Testament prophet Ezekiel.
Today, I want to briefly look at how Paul describes a lost person in 2 Corinthians 4:4.
“In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”
I mentioned last time why I want to explore what it means – biblically – to be lost: “First, I want it to compel me to more aggressively and intentionally evangelize. Second, I want it to be a means by which I pray fervently for God to open their eyes.”
The verse in 2 Corinthians 4 does this.
Consider what it means to be lost based on this one verse:
– A lost person is controlled by Satan (“the god of this world”).
– A lost person is mentally blind to reality (“blinded the minds of the unbelievers”).
– A lost person is spiritually blind to true glory (“to keep them from seeing the . . . glory of Christ”).
– A lost person does not know/cannot see who God truly is (“Christ, the image of God”).
– A lost person does not grasp that the Gospel is what will make them see (“light of the gospel of the glory of Christ”).
In essence, lostness according to Paul, is seeing and hearing about God and Jesus and the Gospel with dull, bored, and lifeless hearts and affections. A lost person thinks of Jesus and is not stirred. A lost person hears the Gospel with his/her ears and yawns. Satan has blinded them to keep their hearts from “seeing.”
Two Action Points:
1. Ask yourself if you “see” glory and beauty and majesty and deity and love and mercy and grace and holiness when you think of Jesus and the Gospel. If not, beg God overpower Satan and open your blind “eyes.”
2. Pray and Share. Pray and Share. Pray and Share. Pray and Share.
Watch how Paul deals with this in the next 2 verses (2 Corinthians 4:5-6):
“For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Paul proclaimed Jesus and trusted that the God of creation – the One who spoke light into darkness – would also speak light into blind hearts. What light? “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Pray for God to work. Then share the glorious good news of the Gospel.