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Seeing the Lost as Lost

by Andy Miller

When Jesus viewed the masses of people He saw them as poor, captive, blind, and downtrodden (Luke 4:18,19). In response to their condition He proclaimed the good news seeking to set them free and give light to their darkened lives. Paul reminds the Gentiles that before they were in Christ they were separate, excluded, strangers, and without God (Ephesians 2:11, 12). In response to their condition, Paul, devoted his ministry to proclaiming the gospel to the Gentiles (Acts 13:47, 48).

You and I must also have a keen awareness of the spiritual condition of those who are lost. It is often difficult, though, for us to constantly view our friends, neighbors, and relatives as poor, captive, blind, downtrodden, separate, excluded, strangers, and without God. We see their material wealth, their physical health, and their contentedness with life, and before we know it we no longer see them as lost and therefore have no reason to share.

It is tragic for a person to be spiritually lost and not even realize it. But perhaps it is even more tragic for us as Christians to neglect, dismiss, or not see one's lost condition and not share the life-saving message of Jesus. Maybe it's time to renew your vision to view the lost as being lost. Lift up a prayer, invite a friend to church, speak a good word for Jesus, for the lost are indeed lost.

"...upon this rock I will build My church..." Matt.16:18

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